Chelsea striker Samuel Eto’o: I almost joined Arsenal in 2000
Chelsea striker Samuel Eto'o reveals he came close to joining Arsenal in 2000 before eventually moving to Mallorca
Samuel Eto’o has revealed he almost joined Arsenal in 2000 but had a last-minute change of heart and moved to Mallorca.
The Cameroon international is expected to make his Chelsea debut against Everton on Saturday after moving to the Blues on a free transfer during the summer window.
The 32-year-old has been previously linked with a switch to the Premier League, and Eto’o spoke about just how close he came to sealing a switch to the Gunners.
“I met Luis [Aragones] at a crucial moment in my life where I had to take the right direction – and thanks to him I did,” Eto’o told the Sun.
“I was about to sign that very afternoon at Arsenal and maybe I would have never been the player I am today.
“Luis picked me, then I ended up joining Barcelona. That decision changed everything.”
Eto’o admitted Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho played a big part when it came to the striker’s decision to pick the Blues over other Premier League clubs.
He told Sky Sports News: “After all that’s happened in Russia over the last couple of months, I had a few proposals from European clubs – but none of them had Jose Mourinho.
“It was an opportunity for me to team up with him again, and have the opportunity to continue working with him like I did at Inter Milan. And that is the reason I am here.”