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Anzhi signing Eto'o: Mourinho convinced me to break word with English club

Anzhi star Samuel Eto'o admits he was ready to move to England two years ago.

Eto'o has revealed he was on the brink of joining a Premier League club when he left Barcelona in 2009.

The Cameroon striker says he had agreed a deal to come to an English club but changed his mind at the last minute after a phone call from Jose Mourinho, who persuaded him to join Inter Milan.

Eto'o told French newspaper L'Equipe: "Before going to Italy, I was almost signed to another club [in England].

"Everything was sorted but then after a match in Yaounde, I received a call from president Moratti and several minutes after one from Jose Mourinho [then Inter coach].

"I do not regret that decision. I was brave because I broke my word.

"I had to tell the English team and it was really tough, but they understood."

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