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The striker completed his move to Stamford Bridge on Thursday, but is set to see his weekly pay-packet reduced by an astonishing 71 per cent after leaving Russia

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By Paul Clennam

Samuel Eto'o accepted a staggering £13 million pay cut to complete his move to ChelseaGoal can reveal. 

The striker, whose free transfer to Stamford Bridge from Anzhi Makhachkala was confirmed on Thursday, has been handed a one-year deal worth £100,000-a-week - £250,000-a-week less than his earnings at the Russian club.

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Eto'o was the best-paid player in world football at Anzhi, whose owner Suleyman Kerimov has moved to drastically reduce spending at the club, having previously sold Willian to the Blues for £31.7m on Sunday, and a host of Russian talent to various domestic rivals. 

Despite the mammoth loss in weekly earnings, Eto'o is still set to receive a substantial eight-figure severance package and signing on fee having completed the move to west London. 

The former Barcelona star also receives £5m-a-year as a face of Puma, but has still seen his weekly pay-packet reduced by over 70 per cent.
 
Still, it was a pay slash Eto'o was happy to accept to reunite with Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho, whom he played during Inter's treble-winning 2009-10 campaign, before moving to the mega-rich Dagestan outfit in the North Caucasas.
 
It presents the Cameroonian, who came close to joining Tottenham in 2008, the chance to prove himself in the English Premier League to add to decorated spells in Italy and Spain, where he collected a fantastic haul of 14 winners medals, including three Champions Leagues. 
 
That record - allied to his huge global commercial value - prompted Anzhi to take him to Russia on a staggering £17m-a-year deal, that also allowed Eto'o use of owner Kerimov's private plane, which he used to fly to-and-from his residence in Paris on a weekly basis. 
 
Following the Russian club's decision this summer to drastically slash their wage bill, however, Eto'o wasted little time in targeting a move to Stamford Bridge. 
 
And following the Blues' abandoned pursuit of Wayne Rooney from Manchester United, despite making two bids for the striker, Mourinho took the opportunity to bring Eto'o in as competition for Fernando Torres, Demba Ba and Romelu Lukaku. 

"I am very happy to be here but also anxious because I want to get playing as soon as possible," Eto'o told Chelsea's official websiteon Thursday.

"It wasn't a hard decision. I saw the qualities Chelsea have, and I was very happy with Jose Mourinho before, so when the opportunity came, I was very happy to take it."

Eto'o is Chelsea's 6th signing of the summer transfer window, joining Willian, Cristian Cuevas, Andre Schurrle, Mark Schwarzer and Marco van Ginkel at Stamford Bridge.

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