Official: Everton Signs Eto’o On A Free Transfer

Official: Everton Signs Eto’o On A Free Transfer

By BBC on August 26, 2014
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Everton have signed striker Samuel Eto’o on a two-year-deal after he was released by Chelsea last season.

The Cameroon international, 33, joins on a free transfer and links up with former Chelsea team-mate Romelu Lukaku, who signed for £28m this summer.

Everton boss Roberto Martinez said of Eto’o: “I met him and we had a very good chat. I was impressed about the hunger he still has.

“We are very excited and I think Everton is the perfect home for him.”

Eto’o’s contract with Chelsea expired at the start of July and he was not offered fresh terms by Blues boss Jose Mourinho.

Liverpool were in the running to sign him but instead opted for Mario Balotelli, leaving Martinez free to lure Eto’o to Goodison Park.

“I have been very impressed by the style of play Everton adopt,” said Eto’o. “I could see straight away that at this club I will have the opportunity to play football. I had the chance to speak with the manager over the last few days and we agreed that this was what we would do.

“I was impressed with his enthusiasm but also by the knowledge of football that Roberto Martinez carries, his vision of football and how he reads football. I still think I can learn a great deal from him here.”

The four-time African Footballer of the Year scored 12 goals in his 34 appearances for Chelsea after signing a one-year deal from Russian outfit Anzhi Makhachkala last August. He will now be in the frame to start against his old club at Goodison on Saturday.

Eto’o started his career at Real Madrid but made his name at their arch-rivals Barcelona.

During his time at the Nou Camp, he won the Champions League twice – in 2006 and 2009 – scoring in both finals, as well as winning the Spanish league three times.

Eto’o moved to Inter Milan in 2009 as part of Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s switch to Barcelona and went on to win the Champions League again in his first season under Mourinho at the San Siro.

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