Samuel Eto’o drops major MLS hint

Current free agent Samuel Eto’o has dropped a huge hint about making the move to MLS to pursue his playing career after his contract with Chelsea came to an end.

Earlier today Samuel Eto’o tweeted “Italy? Spain? France? UK? Turkey? USA?????” following it with “But I love USA though….”. Hinting a move to MLS is highly likely.

Eto’o has endured a very successful career thus far in Europe and could very well carry on, with UK newspaper Daily Star reporting that a move to Galatasaray is close and that switch would see the Cameroon striker link up with good friend and Holland international Wesley Sneijder.

With the World Cup over for the Cameroon captain,  the 33-year-old can now address his future.

His time at Chelsea came to an end following a spat with manager Jose Mourinho about his age it squashed any talk of him renewing his contract at the West London club.

Eto’o wouldn’t be the first big name player this summer to make the move to MLS after European stars David Villa and Kaka have also confirmed their places in MLS for next season with the new franchises New York City FC and Orlando City respectively.

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Eto’o has won countless amounts of silverware in his illustrious career, winning three UEFA Champions League winners medals – two with Barcelona in 2006 and 2009 and one with Inter Milan in 2010 in their treble winning season 2009-2010. He has also won a Serie A medal and La Liga medals during his playing career.

Eto’o is no stranger to scoring goals, and scored in both Barcelona’s Champions League finals that Barcelona won, cementing himself as a big-name player, and he has gone on to score 233 league goals in La Liga, Serie A, the Russian Premier League and the English Premier League. He would bring a vast amount of experience and goals with him if he made the move to America.

Could he make the move to on of the new franchises who look set to take Major League Soccer by storm next year. Both teams have designated player spots available, though there will be no shortage of interested parties amongst MLS clubs.

Where could Eto’o move with a switch to MLS?

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Should Samuel Eto’o make the move to MLS?

Samuel Eto’o has become a free agent following his contract expiring at Chelsea. The 33 year-old striker has been heavily linked with MLS since the turn of year after many assumed his contract would not be renewed at the West London club.

Eto’o has scored at every club he’s played for, including nine last term for Chelsea, and is set to play in the World Cup this summer for Cameroon.

But should he move to Major League Soccer, who would he best suit?

Assuming he would almost certainly demand a designated player spot, it rules out the LA Galaxy, who have been strongly linked with the veteran.

Galaxy have been linked with many key players who would require a designated player slot in the squad, and two of those positions are already filled by strikers, in Robbie Keane and Landon Donovan.

DC united are another team that are supposedly interested in Eto’o, however they already have Eddie Johnson and Fabian Espindola as strike options and Eto’o would be an expensive acquisition in a position they are already strong in.

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There are obviously teams which need him more desperately, but I think he will delay the move until the New York City franchise starts up next season.

The new franchise enters Major League Soccer next season, in early 2015, and the striker will be able to earn the high wage that he would request with a move to NYCFC.

Until then I think his next move after the World Cup will be a temporary deal to Paris Saint-Germain, where his wife and children are currently living.

Eto’o is not opposed to moving to apparent ‘lesser’ leagues, as he made the move to Anzhi Makhachkala in Russia just a few seasons ago.

The striker will bring bags of experience to MLS if he were to move, having won titles in Spain and Italy as well as having three UEFA Champions League winners’ medals.

His next move is likely to be his last big move, and with MLS growing substantially by the year, there is no reason why Eto’o shouldn’t further its development with a big move stateside.

Where do you see Samuel Eto’o playing next?