Barca's Eto'o holds no grudge against Guardiola

August 26, 2008

Barcelona striker Samuel Eto'o insists he feels no bitterness towards the club or new coach Pep Guardiola after a summer of uncertainty over his future at the Nou Camp.

Eto'o was one of three high-profile Barca players who were told earlier this summer they would be allowed to leave the club, the others being Ronaldinho and Deco.

Ronaldinho joined AC Milan and Deco moved to Chelsea, but Eto'o remained at Barca and, after impressing in pre-season, Guardiola opted to keep him at the Catalan giants.

However, despite a lack of faith shown in him originally by the new coach, the Cameroon international insists he holds no grudges.

'Decisions are made that at the time might offend some people and benefit others but they are done for the good of all,' said Eto'o. 'I don't feel bitterness towards anyone and much less towards the club or the coach.

'On the contrary. I always felt that I was a Barca player and I am very happy here.

'I can understand that Guardiola said these things about me but I am happy to be here and I don't have to forget anything because nothing happened.'