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Eto'o reveals Jose tensions

Samuel Eto'o of FC Anzhi Makhachkala
Eto'o will rejoin forces with former Inter Milan manager Jose Mourinho at Stamford Bridge.
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Chelsea new boy Samuel Eto'o has admitted that his relationship with Jose Mourinho was once tense, but that he is happy to be reunited with him at Stamford Bridge.

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Cameroon ace Eto'o has been criticised for comments he made earlier in his career, suggesting he would "rather sell groundnuts" in his village than play for a "pathetic team like Chelsea", while Mourinho was in charge.

The 32-year-old has moved to clear up the comments, revealing he was referring to playing under a Mourinho-led side, not Chelsea, and he acknowledged that, after working with his current boss at Inter Milan, he got it wrong about the Portuguese.

"I was talking about Jose - not about Chelsea," Eto'o told The Sun. "Before meeting at Inter, we didn't know each other personally, so our relationship was tense. I even said one time that I'd never play for a club where Jose was coach.

"But God knows best. He wanted to show me that I was wrong and today Jose is a friend. Now he's my coach again.

"It's a real pleasure to team up with him once more and join a great team.

"Jose has a real clear idea. He talks straight and it's really important in this business. He's sincere and straightforward.

"When it comes to Jose, I can't pick out only one quality because he's as good on the pitch as off it and this is rare for a manager.

"He's one of the best. He got in touch. I realised there was an opportunity at Chelsea - and things moved very fast."

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