Mourinho pushed for Eto’o return at Real Madrid

Inter Milan ace Samuel Eto'o was lined up for a shock return to Real Madrid yesterday.

El Mundo Deportivo says Real coach Jose Mourinho, desperate for a new centre-forward signing before the transfer deadline fell, pleaded with president Florentino Perez to follow up on claims that Eto'o would be interested in returning to the Bernabeu.

However, Florentino, who never had a good relationship with the former Barcelona star, refused to consider the prospect.

Real also lobbied the RFEF to extend the transfer deadline into last night so to assist them in clearing fringe players off their books. Royston Drenthe managed to move to Hercules, but nothing could be found for Mahamadou Diarra.

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