Chelsea boss Mourinho plans Eto'o contract talks

The 32-year-old has scored six goals in 12 league games since joining the Blues on a one-year deal in August but has expressed an interest in finishing his career at Mallorca
Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho plans to discuss Samuel Eto'o's future at the end of the season.

The 32-year-old striker joined the Blues on a one-year deal last August and has scored six goals in 12 Premier League appearances - including a hat-trick against Manchester United - after taking time to settle in English football.

Mourinho has been happy with the Cameroon international's contributions but notes that the forward's destiny is up to himself.

Asked by reporters if whether Eto'o would be offered a new contract, the Blues boss replied: "It's not a similar situation with the boys who have history in Chelsea for a long time, so we cannot compare his situation with Frank [Lampard] and Ashley [Cole].

"We cannot compare because it is a different situation but we can compare in the sense that he's very comfortable and we are very comfortable.

"He's the kind of guy that, with his career, he feels very free and comfortable to make decisions, just for himself.

"He decided to come here, play Premier League with Chelsea, [he had] never played in the Premier League, so Samuel is enjoying his career to the end. So, at the end of the season, we will see what he wants to do.

"Maybe he wants to go to Mallorca, as he promised to his son, maybe he wants to stay with us, maybe he wants to go back to Italy and finish with Inter. Samuel doesn't need titles, doesn't need money, he just needs to enjoy his life.

"He's playing well and has a good understanding with our attacking players. His contribution to the quality of the team is very high. We're happy."

The Chelsea boss was speaking prior to Wednesday's Premier League clash with West Ham, a game which he expects new signing Mohamed Salah to miss.

"I think he will arrive maybe [on Wednesday] in England, but not to play," he explained.

Mourinho handed out champagne to the assembled journalists to celebrate his 51st birthday - which was on Sunday - before toasting the progress being made by his side, who are third in the Premier League.

He said: "I think we have to drink champagne because we are improving a lot - the team, the players. So the prospect of champagne in the future is good.

"We're going into a good direction. We're playing well. The results are arriving as a consequence of the team playing very good football."