Special One claimed Cameroon star was actually 35.
Veteran Chelsea front man Samuel Eto’o is said to be furious with manager Jose Mourinho for questioning his age, according to reports on ESPN.
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The Portuguese was caught making what he thought were off-the-record comments about Eto’o to French TV station Canal+, with Mou saying: “He is 32 years old, maybe 35, who knows?”
And now former Cameroon boss Claude Le Roy has claimed that the striker is angry with Mourinho.
“I had him on the phone just before I came on screen, and he’s very annoyed,” Le Roy told the Canal+ show Talents d’Afrique.
“Actually, Mourinho went to see him before he saw the pictures and told him to not believe everything that was going to be said. And that he had said nothing about him. But I can tell you that Samuel didn’t like it.”
However, despite Mourinho having criticised Canal+ for their actions, the French media organisation have since responded, with a spokesman saying: “These are not stolen images. The camera wasn’t 10 metres away, it’s not on zoom.
“You could see the red light and he was clearly aware he was being filmed, especially as he’s someone who comes across cameras so often and who is used to the media.
“Mourinho perhaps did not want to fully assume what he had said. He could have come and seen the journalist and asked us not to use the images. He did not make any special request.”