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Mourinho Denies Eto'o Relationship Damaged by Remarks
Guardian, February 25th, 2014 2:33PM

TAGS:  chelsea, england, italy, turkey, uefa champions league


Jose Mourinho on Tuesday denied that his relationship with striker Samuel Eto’o has been damaged despite appearing to make disparaging remarks about he and Chelsea’s other strikers during a secretly recorded conversation. Speaking to the head of Hublot watches at a sponsor’s event, Mourinho was secretly recorded saying:  "The problem with Chelsea is we lack a scorer. I have one [Eto'o] but he's 32. Maybe 35, who knows?"

During his press conference ahead of Wednesday’s UEFA Champions League Round of 16 first-leg clash against Galatasaray, Mourinho labeled the French media “a disgrace.” He said: "I think you should be embarrassed as a media professional because, from an ethical point of view, I don't think you should be happy – not you, but a colleague – is able to record a private conversation and make it public," he said. "You should all be a bit embarrassed because it's against the ethics you have in your work. From an ethical point of view, it's a real disgrace."

He added: "I'm not defending what I'm saying. I'm attacking something that is, I think, fundamental in your professional area. That person showed exactly what he is, or what he doesn't know about the job. From my perspective, the comment is obviously not a good one, and obviously not something I would do in a serious way, an official way in an interview.”

Regarding his relationship with Eto’o, Mourinho said: “He's four times a Champions League winner: people think three times, but one in Real Madrid, two in Barcelona and one with Inter. It was with him that I had the best ever season of my career. He's one of the few players who is working with me at a second different club, and a manager doesn't do that if he doesn't like the player or the person. He has no reason to be upset.”

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