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Chelsea Signs Striker Samuel Eto’o From Russian Club Anzhi

Aug. 29 (Bloomberg) -- Chelsea signed striker Samuel Eto’o, the record four-time African soccer player of the year, from Russian club Anzhi Makhachkala.

Eto’o signed a one-year contract, Chelsea said on its website without disclosing financial terms. The Independent reported that he’ll make 7 million pounds ($11 million), down from his 17 million-pound salary at Anzhi.

The move reunites the 32-year-old Cameroonian with Blues manager Jose Mourinho, whom he played under at Inter Milan.

“It wasn’t a hard decision,” Eto’o said. “I saw the qualities Chelsea have, and I was very happy with Jose Mourinho before, so when the opportunity came, I was very happy to take it.”

Eto’o joins a Chelsea strike force that includes Demba Ba, Fernando Torres and Romelu Lukaku. The signing comes after the Blues had two bids rejected for Manchester United’s Wayne Rooney.

Eto’o began his career in Spain with Real Madrid and also had loan spells at Leganes, Espanyol and Mallorca. He went to Barcelona in 2004 and scored 152 goals over five seasons, helping the team win two Champions League titles.

He moved to Italy in 2009, joining Mourinho’s Inter Milan in a deal which saw Zlatan Ibrahimovic go to Barcelona. Inter went on to win the Champions League that season, giving Eto’o back-to-back European titles with two different clubs.

Eto’o joined Anzhi in 2011 as the club’s Russian billionaire owner Suleiman Kerimov went on a spending spree that also included the signings of former Brazil World Cup-winning defender Roberto Carlos and ex-Chelsea defender Yuri Zhirkov. Kerimov earlier this month said he was cutting funding, which forced the club to part ways with some of its biggest names.

To contact the reporter on this story: Bob Bensch in London at bbensch@bloomberg.net.

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Christopher Elser at celser@bloomberg.net.

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