Cameroonian striker Samel Eto’o is the second player in as many days to sign to Chelsea from Russian club Anzhi Makhachkala.
Eto’o inked a one-year contract with Chelsea on Thursday, and has said he is anxious to start playing and start fitting in with the club. This is the second club at which Eto’o has played under Jose Mourinho; the first being Inter Milan in 2009.
Eto’o is known as a prolific striker with a dazzling-goal-to-game ratio, fantastic scoring record and predatory instincts in front of the goal. He began his playing career in Cameroon before joining Real Madrid’s youth academy in 1997. He earned a permanent spot with Real Mallorca in 2000 and after a string of impressive seasons, completed a move to Barcelona in 2004. Eto’o continued to dazzle when he moved to Inter Milan in 2009, under Jose Mourinho. He moved to Anhiz Makhackala in August 2011, where he served as team captain.
In international play, Eto’o has been a regular on Cameroon’s senior squad since he was 15 years old. At age 17, he was the youngest player at the 1998 FIFA World Cup in France. He is the all-time leading goal scorer in the Africa Cup of Nations, and is the four-time recipient of the African Player of the Year award.
Eto’o is expected to make his Chelsea debut this weekend, as the Blues take on Bayern Munich in the UEFA Super Cup.