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Monday 23 October 2017

Eto'o reunion with Jose on cards

BRAZIL midfielder Willian completed his move to Chelsea as speculation intensified he could be joined at Stamford Bridge by his former team-mate Samuel Eto'o.

The twice-capped 25-year-old was finally granted a work permit yesterday to complete his move from Russian club Anzhi Makhachkala after agreeing a five-year contract with the Blues.

And with their attempts to sign Wayne Rooney from Manchester United seemingly floundering, Chelsea were reported to be on the verge of signing another Anzhi player in Cameroon striker Eto'o.

This morning pictures emerged of the 32-year-old, who has been linked with a move to Stamford Bridge in the last few days, apparently arriving at London St Pancras station last night.

Former Barcelona star Eto'o flourished under Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho's guidance at Inter Milan.

And Willian, who was poised to join Tottenham before Chelsea made their move, admitted the lure of working with the Portuguese was a big factor in his decision to join the west London club.

"I'm very happy to be here, it's been a dream of mine to come and play here," Willian said. "Chelsea are one of the best clubs in the world and now I'm going to play for one of the best managers in the world."

Tomorrow's Super Cup match against Bayern Munich in Prague has arrived too soon for his Chelsea debut, so he must wait until the Premier League showdown with Everton on September 14 for his bow.

His arrival has fuelled speculation Spaniard Juan Mata could be on his way out of Stamford Bridge, with Arsenal a possible destination.

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