Chelsea FC has announced the signing of Samuel Eto’o from Anzhi Makhachkala.
The 32-year-old has signed a one-year contract and on finalising the transfer he said: ‘I am very happy to be here but also anxious because I want to get playing as soon as possible.
‘It wasn’t a hard decision. I saw the qualities Chelsea have, and I was very happy with Jose Mourinho before, so when the opportunity came, I was very happy to take it.’
Eto’o has scored goals at the highest level throughout his career. He learned his trade in his native Cameroon before joining the RealMadrid youth academy in 1997. He then embarked on loan spells with Leganes, Espanyol and Real Mallorca.
His time at Mallorca proved a pivotal period in his early career, as a string of impressive displays earned Eto’o a permanent move to the club in 2000. The highlight there came when he scored twice to help his side to a 3-0 win over Recreativo in the 2003 Copa del Rey final.
Having caught the eye with his predatory instincts in front of goal as well as helping Mallorca secure qualification to the Champions League for the first time in their history, some of Europe’s biggest clubs unsurprisingly began to show an interest in acquiring his services, and after becoming Mallorca’s all-time leading league goalscorer,he completed a move to Barcelona in 2004. There in Barcelona,he won awards and titles including champions league. His five-year spell at the Camp Nou had yielded a remarkable 152 goals in 232 appearances.
In the summer of 2009, Eto’o swapped Spain for Italy, making the switch from Barcelona to Inter Milan in a deal which saw Zlatan Ibrahimovic move in the opposite direction. Under the guidance of Mourinho, who was Inter manager at the time, Eto’o enjoyed a fruitful first season at the San Siro, scoring on his Serie A debut from the penalty spot in a 1-1 draw against Bari and going on to enjoy a productive time in front of goal.He was also on target with the only goal of the game when Inter won 1-0 at Stamford Bridge in the knockout stages of the Champions League, sealing a 3-1 aggregate victory for the Italian side on their way to lifting the trophy courtesy of a 2-0 win against Bayern Munich in the final. Eto’o ended his two-year spell at Inter having scored 53 goals in 102 appearances.
In August 2011, it was announced that Eto’o had signed for Russian side Anzhi Makhachkala, making him the highest paid player in the world (then), and the striker began in style, much like at his two previous clubs, by scoring on his debut in a game against FC Rostov.
As has been the case throughout his career, Eto’o, who was handed the Anzhi captaincy, scored regularly during his time in Russia, with his last goal for the club coming in a 1-1 draw against Kryliya Sovetov in July.
On the international stage, Eto’o has been a regular in the Cameroon side for many years after making his international debut the day before he turned 15. At only 17 years old he was part of the national squad which travelled to France for the 1998 World Cup, where he was the youngest player in the tournament. Eto’o is the all-time leading goalscorer in the Africa Cup of Nations, and as well as tasting success at both the 2000 and 2002 tournaments. He was part of the Cameroon team which won gold at the 2000 Olympics in Sydney. His most recent goals for the national side came in Cameroon’s World Cup qualifying win over Togo back in March,2013; when he netted a brace in a 2-1 win.
He is a four-time winner of the African Player of the Year Award. All Chelsea fans say ‘welcome to Stamford Bridge’ .


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