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

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Samuel Eto'o signed a one-year deal with Chelsea last month Photo: Football.ua/Wikimedia

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.”

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