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Barcelona Want Samuel Eto'o To Stay - Joan Laporta

Barcelona president, Joan Laporta, has stated that the Catalan club want Samuel Eto'o to stay beyond the summer and that talks are going on now between his agent and Txiki Begiristain.

The Cameroonian has been linked with a move away from the Camp Nou lately and, with his deal running out next summer, it has been reported that Barcelona might be willing to sell him.

However, speaking at a press conference today, Laporta insisted that "the director of football and Eto’o’s agent have met to try to find a way for the player to stay, which is what we want".

The president also spoke about the qualities of the Cameroonian, describing him as the "best centre-forward in the world".

"With the players he has had by his side, he has put in great performances and shown that he is committed to Barca. Before with Ronaldinho, and now with other team-mates like [Lionel] Messi, Xavi or [Andres] Iniesta, they have given good balls and he has always taken advantage of them," Marca report him as saying.

"In the important moments he has always scored. I remember in Paris and Rome, our two Champions League finals, he has scored.

"There is always a certain gratitude for Eto'o and, on a personal level, he deserves everything that comes his way."

James Walker-Roberts, Goal.com