By Humphrey Carter
REAL Mallorca's problems are never ending this season. Yesterday, as the club tried to figure out what went wrong against Barcelona on Sunday night, Mallorca's wonder striker Samuel Eto'o announced he wants to leave. The Camerooon international who has been Mallorca's saviour week-in, week-out, said that his decision has nothing to do with the side's dire performance this season, just that his “tour of duty at the club is reaching its end.” He added, without naming names, that he has also lost confidence in some of the club bosses. “My time has come because when you've got confidence in the club, but it's not returned, it makes things difficult, I've stayed here because the club's always made things clear, but it's not like that now and I've got to think about what I want to do and that is play football,” he said yesterday. I've to start thinking about playing football and stop worrying about other things, the club knows what I and my colleagues have given for this club, but the time has come for me to think just like any other player,” he said. According to Eto'o, the only thing keeping his spirits up is the atmosphere in the dressing room, “the colleagues I've got now are all great players and I'm sure we'll pull ourselves out of this rut and turn this season around.” Eto'o was linked to a number of leading Premier League clubs this summer and was very close to making a move to Valencia.
Over the past ten days he has again been linked with Chelsea and Arsenal, but the main stumbling block this summer was the price.
The transfer window opens again in December and Real Mallorca are expected to start asking 20 to 24 million euros for the striker.
Chelsea offered 12 million but Mallorca said no offers below 18 million. Arsenal Arsene Wenger's public intentions to sign another striker have got tongues wagging in Palma, but, apart from Chelsea who no longer need a striker, no Premier League club is likely to meet Mallorca's price tag.


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