Brazilian great Roberto Carlos has warned Chelsea that new signing Samuel Eto’o could disrupt their dressing room.
The former Real Madrid left-back was team director at the Cameroon international’s old club, Russian side Anzhi Makhachkala, and has warned that the forward’s presence can be “damaging”.
He said: “I’ve known Eto’o since I was 16, and from that time on he’s always been a good guy who I’ve liked a lot.
“He’s a good person, but there a part of him that thinks ‘I, and not the group’, which is really damaging.
“When a footballer, instead of playing, is interested in signing players who are his friends… it’s confusing and strange.
“He did everything at Anzhi, except play football.”
Carlos also claimed that Eto’o was responsible for both his and Guus Hiddink’s departure from Anzhi.
He told Brazilian newspaper Globo: “I came to the club and in my first year we finished in the top five.
“We managed to professionalise the team. In the second year, we signed Eto’o and I had control of the team – I organised the players and worked with the coach. I put Anzhi among the best.
“With the arrival of Eto’o, with the values of everyone involved, I had some little problems in the dressing room and had to talk to the Russian players and explain why Eto’o was there.
“However, a moment arrived when Eto’o thought to interfere with my work, to control the club, taking my position and that of Guus [Hiddink, the coach].
“We talked about one thing, and then he went to the players and talked about another. That stressed me out and I warned that I would pack my bags and go.
“No one believed me because I had a four-year contract. But then I called Anzhi and came to an agreement.”
Of course, Jose Mourinho has already worked with Eto’o at Inter Milan so he ought to know Eto’o as well as Carlos.