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Moratti not ruling out Eto'o return

August 26, 2013
By Ben Gladwell, Italy Correspondent

Inter Milan president Massimo Moratti has told people to ‘wait and see’ on the potential return of Samuel Eto’o from Anzhi Makhachkala.

Samuel Eto'o
GettyImagesSamuel Eto'o appears to be open to a return to Inter.

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Eto’o, 32, was in Lombardy at the weekend and, with a week to go until the transfer window closes, Moratti has not ruled out a return for the player who helped deliver a league, cup and Champions League treble in 2010.

“Let’s just see what happens in these coming days,” he told Sky Sports Italia when asked whether he knew anything about the Cameroon international’s presence in the city.

Eto’o is also understood to be attracting interest from Chelsea, with the striker having spoken positively about a potential reunion with Jose Mourinho.

A move to the Premier League is still thought more likely for a player who is surplus to requirements at Anzhi, although he still has a family home in Milan and a strong emotional bond with the Nerazzurri.

“I’m hearing from you that he’s in Milan, but it doesn’t surprise me,” Inter’s director of sport, Piero Ausilio, said. “It’s true that he’s in Milan, but I think it’s only logical since he has his family here.

“His wife and children live in Milan, and it’s not the first time he has returned here. All I can say is that there is a very strong emotional bond between Eto’o and our fans, who respect him as a person and as a footballer.

“He’s still a great footballer, but to say there is a chance of him returning to play for Inter? Honestly, there are many factors that come into the equation and I imagine you know what they are. I think it would be difficult, but I won’t exclude anything.”

The player’s agent, Claudio Vigorelli, had told Il Giornale at the weekend that Eto’o would “happily” return to Inter and seemed to suggest a move to Stamford Bridge was unlikely.

“I spoke to Jose, who was willing to give Samuel a one-year contract, but Chelsea are waiting for Wayne Rooney,” Vigorelli said. "Mourinho only has him in mind and is waiting for the situation with Manchester United to find a breakthrough.”

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