Former Everton striker Samuel Eto’o has revealed he wishes he could have stayed longer at Goodison Park.
The Cameroonian legend joined the Toffees in 2014 aged 33, after he had ran down his contract at fellow Premier League side Chelsea.
Eto’o signed a two-year deal with the club, something the retired striker believes was one of the ‘best decisions’ of his career.
The star wouldn’t see out those two years though, leaving just months later to join Sampdoria.
Speaking about his exit, Eto’o said (Liverpool Echo): “I was disappointed to be at Everton for only a short period. I don’t think the fans ever saw the real Samuel Eto’o. A bit like at Chelsea, I don’t think they saw the best of me there either.
“I had another offer and I wasn’t featuring too much at Everton, so I went to speak to the gaffer [Roberto Martinez], saying that for a player like me I would have liked the chance to enjoy more playing time.
“I had less and less time left in the game. I was very happy with Everton but I had the chance to go and play in another league and enjoy my football a bit longer.
“He said that was okay and to think about it but my mind was made up and in the end he helped me with the transfer.”
TBR’s view – Eto’o was up against it
Eto’o was always going to struggle to get the game time he was after at Goodison Park given his age and the promise Romelu Lukaku had shown during his loan spell the previous season.
The club spent £28 million to sign the Belgian permanently, and he simply had to be a regular.
Eto’o mostly played second fiddle to the younger man, getting the occasional gig as a supporting striker. He made 20 appearances in total, and it’s arguably fair he sought an early exit given his advancing years.