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Eto'o denies Barca quit threat

Samuel Eto'o
Samuel Eto'o in action for Barcelona in La Liga

Cameroon striker Samuel Eto'o has denied threatening to leave Barcelona if they do not win a trophy before the end of next season.

He said: "There was no threat behind my words only the reality that players have responsibilities.

Barca bought me to score goals and win cups, and if I don't do that I've got to go."

Eto'o was reported to have threatened to quit Spanish side after his side's 0-0 to Espanyol at the weekend.

The result effectively ended their already slim hopes of winning the league title.

He said: "If things carry on next season like this, well, I want to win titles and if I can't do that here, then it will be an another club.

"However, if I move, it will be away from Spain.

"Spain feels like home and I've reached the sky with Barcelona," added the Cameroon striker, who played at Spanish first division sides Real Madrid, Espanyol and Real Mallorca earlier in his career.

Eto'o has been at Barcelona since 2004 and in his first two seasons at the Spanish giants he was part of teams that won two Spanish league titles and also the 2006 Champions League.

However, last year Barcelona failed to win anything and this season they currently lie third in la Liga, a distant 11 points behind league leaders and bitter rivals Real Madrid.

They face English Premiership leaders Manchester United in this season's Champions League semi-final, with Barca at home in the first leg on Wednesday but after three successive domestic draws most pundits tip Sir Alex Fergueson's men for victory.

"Manchester are the favourites," conceded Eto'o.

"But let's see what happens. It's a big motivation for us to upset the odds."

Eto'o celebrated his 241st Spanish first division game in Barca's 0-0 draw with local rivals Espanyol on Saturday, equalling the record for appearances by an African player in La Liga.

He joins his compatriot Thomas N'Kono at the top of the rankings.

The former Indomitable Lions goalkeeper played at Espanyol between 1982 and 1989.


see also
Eto'o calls for Euro victory
08 Apr 08 |  African
Injured Eto'o makes Barca return
14 Feb 08 |  African


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