Chelsea chief Emenalo: Why we signed Eto'o

Chelsea football chief Michael Emenalo admits signing Samuel Eto'o came about after Manchester United refused to sell Wayne Rooney.
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Chelsea football chief Michael Emenalo admits signing Samuel Eto'o came about after Manchester United refused to sell Wayne Rooney.

Emenalo says Eto'o's deal was only nailed down after the push for Rooney was over.

Emenalo told chelseafc.com: "In the case of Samuel Eto'o, it was an open secret that we wanted Wayne Rooney and I don't need to explain what the idea is behind wanting a player like Rooney.

"But we are not desperate and we know for the future we have Romelu Lukaku and incredible hope that he will come through and lead the line. People keep forgetting that he is only 20 and looking at the short-term plan, we don't want to put too much pressure on a young player like him.

"'So if we weren't able to get Rooney and we had Lukaku, Ba and Torres, we felt comfortable with them but we also felt comfortable to bring Eto'o to give us a little bit of competition, because we wanted to freshen up that position. We have every confidence in Torres, Ba and Lukaku but with Eto'o we have bought experience."

 
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