Chelsea striker Samuel Eto’o has branded club manager Jose Mourinho an “old fool” while rebuffing claims that he is nearing the twilight of his career.
The 33-year-old Cameroon forward, who would be representing the Indomitable Lions in his fourth World Cup in Brazil this year, was rumoured to have fallen out with Mourinho after the Portuguese tactician was filmed by a French television channel – Canal+ saying, “Eto’o is 32 years old, maybe 35, who knows?”
The former Barcelona goal poacher even went further by boasting that the old man was “better than the youngsters” after all.
Although Eto’o seemed to laugh off the comment with a comical “old man” celebration after scoring a goal against Tottenham on March 9, but it seems Eto’o still has a beef for Mourinho.
“I am 33 years old. And it is not because a fool called me an old man that you must believe it,” Eto’o told reporters after touching down in Abidjan ahead of the Copa Coca-Cola youth football tournament in Bouake.
“And you may have noticed that the old man was better than the youngsters.”
Eto’o, now out of contract after a season with the Blues, also hinted that he will play for a European club next season rather than sign a lucrative deal in the Middle East.
“Some believe I am going to retire in the United States or in the Middle East, but I have regained the joy of the Champions League and I am going to carry on playing in the Champions League,” he added.
“Where? I am not going to tell you. But I am going to carry on playing because physically and mentally I feel great.
“So I am going to go to this World Cup and to the next one when I will be 37.
“Some did it at 42, so I can still play in two more World Cups.”