Amkar shirt just a birthday present, insists Eto'o

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The legendary ex-Barcelona and Chelsea striker has sought to bring an end to speculation suggesting that he is heading to the Russian Premier League

Antalyaspor striker Samuel Eto'o says the Amkar Perm shirt he was pictured holding was merely a gift from the club for his 36th birthday.

The veteran forward sparked rumours that he could be set to return to the Russian Premier League after he was pictured holding a club jersey with the number 36 under his name.

Eto'o, was stood alongside Amkar coach Gadzhi Gadzhiyev, who he played under during his previous spell in Russia with Anzhi Makhachkala from 2011 to 2013, and executive director Denis Maslov.

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Accompanying the picture was a caption that read: "Today [Thursday]. Belek, Turkey. More details later."

However, former Barcelona, Inter and Chelsea star Eto'o, who has six goals in 15 Turkish Super Lig appearances this term, explained that the shirt was a present.

A post on Instagram read: "This is just a gift for my 36th birthday in March."

The captain was accompanied with several crying face and balloon emojis.

Amkar general director Igor Rezvukhin told Sport Express after the image was first posted: "Eto'o is our friend, don't try to find something more in this case.

"Our coach knows Samuel so they decided to take a photo. Is Eto'o coming to Amkar? Of course not. In the future? It is sport, it is football, so who knows?"

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