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Eto’o: I can play with fellow stars

SoccerNews in La Liga, Serie A 20 Sep 2010

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(GSM) – Internazionale star Samuel Eto’o has dismissed rumours suggesting that he has a disruptive influence on the dressing room.

The 29-year-old has already been described as a difficult character to deal with, as Guardiola is thought to have sold the player to Serie A giants in 2009 because he felt he was a negative presence at the club.

But Eto’o claims otherwise, claiming that Lionel Messi pleaded with Barcelona boss Pep Guardiola not to sell him.

However, Eto’o told L’Equipe Mag: “When Guardiola wanted me out, Messi went to him and said, ‘Let whoever you want go, but not Samuel’. All my coaches will tell you that I am a great professional. I’ve not always been a role model in terms of discipline, but I have always been rigorous and professional.”

He added: “I’ve played and I’ve been successful with Ronaldinho, with Messi – with many great players – and if I couldn’t stand playing with other great players, why would I have helped bring my friend Thierry Henry to Barcelona?

“I don’t fear for my place – on the contrary, I work for the success of the team. When Ronaldinho arrived at Barcelona, they did not win anything. After my arrival, we won it all.”

It was also suggested that Eto’o tried to take control of Cameroon coach Paul Le Guen’s team selection during the World Cup this summer, but the striker said: “This is absolutely false.”

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