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21.02.2009 23:06

Eto'o: "I don’t want to leave"


After the Espanyol game, Samuel Eto'o made it clear that he wants to stay at FC Barcelona. “I don’t want to leave Barça and I don’t think they want to sell me,” he said.

The week leading up to the derby was full of debate about Samuel Eto'o’s future at Barça, where he has a contract till 2010. He stated in the French magazine “Sportweek” that he had decided his future, without revealing what it was, and today he added that he had no intention of leaving Barça.

Unnecessary controversy

The Cameroon striker spoke frankly to the assembled journalists: “You have built this up. You wanted to stir up controversy. You’ve been talking as if my contract ended in June. You should leave us alone to get on with our work. You have created an unnecessary controversy, and you shouldn’t have.”

Uncontroversial substitution

Eto’o was also unwilling to enter in debate about his substitution during Saturday’s match: “Pep was looking for the best option for his team. I don’t think he was going against his players. Maybe the game needed these changes.”

Eto’o also believed that the referee’s performance had been decisive: “He’s had a bad night.”
Eto'o: “I don’t want to leave“
No fear
With Real Madrid now just 7 points behind Barça, Eto’o explained that “we can’t play always looking to who is behind us. We have a good lead over them. The best team this season is Barça,” he added.

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