Saturday, May 26, 2018

Eto’o talks up Mourinho reunion; Kondogbia is not for sale

FC Anzhi Makhachkala striker Samuel Eto'o would welcome the opportunity to be reunited with Jose Mourinho at Chelsea.

FC Anzhi Makhachkala striker Samuel Eto’o would welcome the opportunity to be reunited with Jose Mourinho at Chelsea after being transfer listed by the Dagestanskiye, The Mirror understands.

In fact, Anzhi have transfer listed their entire squad, including star man Willian, after a poor start to the new season, with the club — 0-2-2 — currently sitting in 13th place in the Russian Premier League table.

Eto’o, 32, played one season under Mourinho at F.C. Internazionale Milano, which was highlighted by triumphs in the Coppa Italia, FIFA Club World Cup, Serie A, Supercoppa Italiana and the UEFA Champions League.

“There is only one Jose Mourinho,” said Eto’o.

“I have played under a lot of great coaches – but there is no other character in the game like Jose.

“He is one of the best coaches in the world – and we had a lot of success together at Inter Milan. I would like to have the chance to play under him again – because it is never boring when Jose is around.

“Chelsea are a great team. When we have all the offers on the table then I will discuss with my agent and see what my next step is.”

Over the past three seasons, Eto’o, who is believed to be the world’s highest paid footballer, earning a reported £350,000-a-week, has bagged 36 goals in 71 appearances in all competitions for Anzhi.

With Chelsea current chasing the signature of unsettled Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney, a move for Eto’o seems unlikely and unnecessary, especially when considering the Blues’ current attacking options, which include the likes of André Schürrle, Demba Ba, Fernando Torres and Romelu Lukaku.

Kondogbia is not for sale

Sevilla FC president Jose Maria del Nido has insisted highly-rated France Under-20 international midfielder Geoffrey Kondogbia is not for sale despite the arrival of Sebastian Cristoforo from Uruguayan Primera División side Club Atlético Peñarol for a reported fee of €2.25 million, according to Sky Sports.

Kondogbia, who joined Sevilla from RC Lens last summer, has been linked with a number of top European clubs in recent weeks, including English Premier League quartet Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester City and Manchester United.

A massive exodus has taken place at the Estadio Ramón Sánchez-Pizjuán this summer, with Alvaro Negredo, Gary Medel and Jesus Navas having exited the club in favour of English football.

Del Nido has made it clear the club do not want to sell Kondogbia, but an offer meeting the €20 million release clause in the 20-year-old’s contract will be accepted, albeit reluctantly, by the Sevillistas.

“He is not for sale and this year whoever wants him will have to pay his buy-out clause of 20million euros,” said Del Nido.

Now then, Cristoforo, who has been signed to help fill the massive void left by Cardiff City record signing Gary Medel,  has put pen to paper on a five-year deal at the Estadio Ramón Sánchez-Pizjuán.

“I have arrived at a big club in Sevilla. This is a great opportunity for me, I am very happy and I can’t wait to start,” the Uruguay youth international told the club’s official website,

“I didn’t come to cover a position or to replace another player. Medel is a very important player. I can only promise to give my best to help the team.”


Shawn Etemadi



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