Three-time UEFA Champions League winner Samuel Eto'o said it "wasn't a hard decision" after leaving FC Anji Makhachkala to sign a one-year deal with old coach José Mourinho's Chelsea FC.
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Samuel Eto'o has signed a one-year deal at Chelsea FC where he will be reunited with José Mourinho, his former coach at FC Internazionale Milano.
Eto'o moves to the Premier League for the first time and arrives in London from FC Anji Makhachkala, who have been forced to part company with a number of their star players this summer. One such player, Brazil forward Willian, completed his own move to Stamford Bridge on Wednesday.
Eto'o, who scored more than 100 Spanish Liga goals and lifted the UEFA Champions League in 2006 and 2009 while at FC Barcelona, also won Europe's premier club competition when playing under Mourinho at Inter. After two years at Inter, the Cameroon striker, now 32, left for Anji in August 2011 and went on to score 25 goals in 53 league appearances in Russia.
"I am very happy to be here but also anxious because I want to get playing as soon as possible," said the Cameroon striker. "It wasn't a hard decision. I saw the qualities Chelsea have, and I was very happy with José Mourinho before so when the opportunity came, I was very happy to take it."
Chelsea, UEFA Europa League winners last season, will take on FC Bayern München in Friday's UEFA Super Cup, which kicks off at 20.45CET at the Stadion Eden in Prague.