Samuel Eto’o has made public his intention of a sensational summer switch to Chelsea.
The Cameroon legend is desperate to escape Russia, where he has been playing for Anzhi Makhachkala since 2011.
The 32-year-old has won the Champions League with Barcelona twice, and under Jose Mourinho with Inter Milan.
Crisis has engulfed the previously free-spending Anzhi, and they are keen to offload as many of their biggest earners.
Chelsea are among a number clubs monitoring developments with Eto’o, though the relationship between player and manager gives them the edge over the likes of Napoli, for whom the player’s agent insisted there was interest.
And speaking today, the man himself said: ‘There is only one Jose Mourinho. I have played under a lot of great coaches – but there is no other character in the game like Jose.
‘He is one of the best coaches in the world, and we had a lot of success together at Inter Milan. I would like to have the chance to play under him again because it is never boring when Jose is around.
‘Of course Chelsea are a great team – and when we have all the offers on the table then I will discuss with my agent and see what my next step is.’
Of interest in Italy, Eto’o’s agent said: ‘It’d be a dream for him to wear the jersey of a glorious club like Napoli. However, so far they have not contacted us.’