Chelsea Transfer News: Samuel Eto'o Expects Imminent Mallorca Return

Michael WadeAnalyst IIIJanuary 21, 2014

Samuel Eto'o celebrates after scoring for Chelsea against Manchester United.
Samuel Eto'o celebrates after scoring for Chelsea against Manchester United.Matt Dunham/Associated Press

Chelsea striker Samuel Eto'o, fresh off his match-winning hat-trick against Manchester United, has revealed plans to return to La Liga with Mallorca in the near future.

Colin Harvey reports in the Daily Star that Eto'o, 32, is planning to leave the Premier League after just one season:

I'll always like Barca, but I personally prefer Mallorca. My son has pressured me to finish my career there, as he is from there.

I have signed on at Chelsea for the entire season and will try to enjoy it. Later on, I will go to Mallorca.

The former Barcelona and Real Madrid star only signed a one-year contract with the Blues and, given his age, a short-term stay at Stamford Bridge was always the plan.

As shown by this tweet from Squawka, Eto'o's shot conversion in the Premier League hasn't been as adept as would have been hoped, with a Chelsea team who are a work in progress:

Mourinho—who had worked with Eto'o before at Inter Milan, winning the Treble—signed the experienced striker for a cut-price fee with the intention of bolstering his attack, allowing him to wait for bigger names such as Wayne Rooney, Radamel Falcao or even Diego Costa to become available.

All three would suit Mourinho's style of play, which is to have a fleet of attack-minded midfielders supporting a versatile target man who can hold the ball up, bring others into play and score goals.

As reported by ESPN, Monaco striker Falcao has recently played down a move to Chelsea in the near future because of the length of his contract.

Costa, meanwhile, who has scored 19 goals in 20 La Liga games this season, per ESPN FC, could be pursued by the Blues as part of a swap deal with goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, according to Ben Burrows in the Mirror.

Rooney appears to be Chelsea's main target, and with nine goals and nine assists in 17 Premier League games, per ESPN FC, it is easy to see why.

Wayne Rooney's future at Manchester United is unclear.
Wayne Rooney's future at Manchester United is unclear.Jon Super/Associated Press

Mark Ogden in the Telegraph reports United risk losing him for nothing at the end of his contract in 2015 if they do not sell him this summer, or convince him to commit to a new deal.

The decision to sign Eto'o for one season appears to have been a good piece of business by Mourinho, as shown by his hat-trick in the Premier League win against United.

If the club want to challenge for top honours over a number of years he is not the player they want, but for right now he is capable of doing a job.