Eto’o pledges future to Inter Milan

Samuel Eto’o has confirmed he will be staying at Inter Milan this

season after being linked with a move to Manchester City.

Cameroon striker Eto’o was mooted as a target for the Premier League club as part of a swap deal involving City’s wantaway captain Carlos Tevez.

City boss Roberto Mancini recently admitted that Inter had blocked the proposal as they do not want to sell Eto’o and the 30-year-old is happy with that stance.

Eto’o confirmed he had spoken to Inter president Massimo Moratti and has no qualms in ignoring the rumours that he could leave the Giuseppe Meazza.

"The newspapers say I’m leaving Inter?" Eto’o told Inter Channel. "I spoke with president Massimo Moratti after the Coppa Italia final victory against Palermo and when the president speaks, I can only say yes."

The former Barcelona forward is back in pre-season training under new coach Gian Piero Gasperini and is feeling optimistic ahead of the coming campaign. He added: "It went pretty well. It was quite hot, but never as bad as in Milan right now. I am in good shape and we have the right atmosphere to start a difficult season.

"We are all really eager to repay the enthusiasm of the fans by winning on the field."