Inter forward Samuel Eto'o could make a surprise move to an English Premier League club rather than Russian side Anzhi Makhachkala, the Cameroonian intimated at a press conference in Douala on Saturday.
In a cheerful mood, characterised by lots of smiles and winks in front of a throng of anxious journalists at the Meridien Hotel, the 30-year-old advised those interested in his future to relax and be patient until discussions about his next move came to fruition.
“Negotiations are still in progress,” he affirmed.
“Nothing says for sure that I’ll depart from or stay at Inter, to whom I’m still contracted. But what I can assure you is that nothing has been concluded and as I leave this conference hall, I’ll be going back to the negotiation table with the club."
The Cameroon captain was pressed for an answer from the assembled media as to which club he was referring to but he sniggered, raised both shoulders and stood from his place to end the meeting, amplifying the suspense surrounding his destination for next season.
When asked about his widely publicised transfer to Anzhi, Eto’o smirked, and said: “Don’t be surprised, I could join an English club very soon.”
Anzhi were reported earlier in the week to have concluded a deal with Inter for the services of Eto'o, with a fee of €35 million agreed, and the player picking up €20m per season over the course of a four-year contract. Inter president, Massimo Moratti, characterised the deal as 'intelligent' amid speculation that the Milan giants were enduring ongoing financial difficulty.
Manchester City were tentatively linked with a move for Eto'o earlier in the summer but have since strengthened their strike force with the acquisition of Sergio Aguero from Atletico Madrid.