Samuel Eto'o 'very angry' with Jose Mourinho over age comments
Published 26/02/2014 | 16:37
While the Chelsea manager insists there has not been a breakdown in their relationship after footage was leaked showing Mourinho questioning Eto'o's age, the striker's former manager with Cameroon has said differently.
Mourinho bemoaned Chelsea's lack of goalscorers in the leaked footage before adding: "I have one (Eto'o) but he is 32, maybe 35, who knows?"
Mourinho has not disputed the authenticity of the comment but believes the context has been lost. He told the gathered media ahead of tonight's Champions League round of 16 tie with Galatasaray that it was not said "in a serious way".
Former Cameroon coach Claude Leroy, however, who included Eto'o in the senior side when he was just 17 years-old said the former Barca forward got "very angry" with Mourinho.
He told African TV: "I got him on the phone before coming here and he is very angry.
"Moreover Mourinho went to see him before he looks at the pictures telling him not to believe everything that was being said. And that he said nothing about him. But I can tell you that Samuel did not like it at all."
Mourinho had tried to gloss over the comment saying that Eto'o "has no reason to be upset".
"It was with him that I had the best ever season of my career. He's one of the few players who is working with me at a second different club, and a manager never does that if he doesn't like the player or the person.
"He has no reason to be upset because also, he told a few years ago, that Mourinho is the only manager in the world who I would never play for, and after one year he was playing with me at Inter and now here.
"There is no story, there is no story. I repeat: it was a funny conversation between me and somebody who doesn't belong to the football world."