Saturday 27 May 2017

Eto'o to become game's top earner

SAMUEL ETO'O is set to become the world's best-paid footballer after agreeing to join Russian Premier League club Anzhi Makhachkala, who already have Roberto Carlos in their ranks.

Reports from Moscow last night said that Eto'o would have an annual salary of €20m.

Anzhi, who are bankrolled by Russian billionaire Suleiman Kerimov, have agreed a transfer fee of €30m with Inter Milan for the four-times African Footballer of the Year, who is due to undergo an medical in Anzhi tomorrow and could make his debut this weekend.

Eto'o (30) helped Barcelona to win the Champions League twice before joining Inter in 2009. He won a Serie A, Italian Cup and Champions League treble in his first season in Italy.

Mourinho staying put

Jose Mourinho has moved to deny talk he is on the verge of leaving Real Madrid, insisting there is "no way" he is about to quit as manager.

Reports surfaced in Spain yesterday that the Portuguese was poised to exit the Bernabeu following another tumultuous week during which he was involved in another fracas with Barcelona.

The 48-year-old appeared to put his finger in the eye of Barca's assistant coach Tito Vilanova during last week's Supercopa defeat, with the Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) yesterday confirming they would be looking into the incident.

He says the speculation is not true, though, and in an open letter to supporters on the club's website, the dual Champions League winner wrote: "Only those who don't know me can dream, make up or believe I may leave Real Madrid at this stage."

QPR crash out

QPR saw the euphoria that has greeted Tony Fernandes' takeover of the club pierced when they were dumped out of the League Cup last night by lowly Rochdale.

Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro and Gary Jones booked the League 1 outfit a place in the third round with a goal in each half.

Irish Independent

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