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Eto'o wants to stay at Barcelona

Cameroon and Barcelona's Samuel Eto'o
Cameroon's Samuel Eto'o says he wants to stay at Barcelona

Cameroon striker Samuel Eto'o has moved to end speculation about his future with Spanish club Barcelona.

The Primera Liga top scorer has told a local TV station he wants to stay at the club beyond the end of his contract in 2010.

"Of course I want to continue, I'm very happy and see no reason to leave," he told Canal Catala.

"I'm going to stay to the end of my contract and if the club want me, I would like to stay longer."

In the past Eto'o has made no secret of the fact that he still has a soft spot for his former club Real Mallorca.

"I have learned to love Barcelona over the last few years although I have never hidden the affection I have for Real Mallorca," he added.

There has been a lot of media speculation about his next move after he told a French publication he had made up his mind over his future but would not reveal his intentions.

Barcelona told Eto'o he was surplus to requirements at the end of last season, before he convinced new coach Pep Guardiola to change his mind.

He has gone on to establish himself as the league's leading scorer with 23 goals in the current campaign.

Eto'o was also asked if he would ever consider returning to Barcelona's arch-rivals Real Madrid.

"If I leave one day it will not be to the Bernabeu," he said.

"I could never hurt the Barca fans by doing that."

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