Monday, July 14, 2008

Eto'o to Play in Uzbekistan? Huh?!?

Ok, here's another news item you'll need to sit down to read ... and no, this isn't an April Fool's joke.

According to news reports,
Uzbekistan League side Kuruvchi claim to have reached a deal to sign Barcelona and Cameroon striker Samuel Eto'o.

The Catalan giants have laughed off the news.

Eto'o, who has been told he is not part of new coach Pep Guardiola's plans, is expected to leave the Nou Camp this summer and has been linked with moves to Serie A and the Premier League.

On Monday morning, though, the Uzbekistan League leaders announced in an official statement on their website that they had landed the 27-year-old forward on a six-month deal.

The news was confirmed by Kuruvchi sporting director Bahtier Babayev, who said Eto'o will sign with the club later this week.

"Eto'o will arrive in Tashkent on Thursday and he will sign a contract with our club, at least up until the end of 2008," Babayev said.

"The term of the contract will depend on our performance in the AFC (African) Champions League. We will play Saipa in the quarter-finals and Eto'o is our main purchase before the knockout stage of the tournament. If we can agree with the player, he will continue to play for our club in the future."

Babayev also insisted that the seemingly unlikely transfer had been made possible due to good relations between the Primera Liga side and the Tashkent club.

"The defining moment of the transfer was not money, but the friendly mutual relations between the management of our club and Barcelona," he said.

"The personal friendship between presidents of the clubs has noticeably lowered the transfer fee."

Barcelona denied any knowledge of the move.

An official spokesperson for the Nou Camp side said: "Nobody at the club knows anything about this. I don't think it's very likely."

MY POV: So wait, Eto'o won't play for Tottenham Hotspur because they're ‘a mid-table club and I need more’ but he'll play for the Uzbekistan super powers, who finished second in last year’s national league??

No offense, but who is making this stuff up??


Julian said...

funniest story ever!

Julian said...

also can't believe there's a story in the Guardian today that confirms Eto'o is indeed considering the move!!!

Anonymous said...

I know!! What's to make of this? I can't believe he would play with this team ... why?? Money??