Jose Mourinho has not tried to defend his comments about Samuel Eto’o. Instead, he has attacked the media person responsible for leaking the video – a private conversation between Mourinho and a businessman. He says that the media person has been a disgrace to his profession.
The video shows Mourinho jokingly saying that Eto’o might be 35 years old.
Ahead of the Galatasaray match, Mourinho said to Sky Sports: “You should be embarrassed as a media professional.
“From an ethical point of view, I don’t think you’re happy – not you (personally) – that a colleague is able to record a private conversation and make it public. From an ethical point of view, it’s a real disgrace.
“I’m not defending what I’m saying. I’m attacking something fundamental in your professional area. That person showed exactly what he doesn’t know about the job.
“From my perspective, the (Eto’o) comment is obviously not a good one, and not one I would do in a serious way or an official way: first of all because I don’t make fun; secondly because if there are managers in the world that really defend payers I’m obviously one of them; third, because Samuel Eto’o is Samuel Eto’o.
“He’s four times a Champions League winner – people think three, but four. I was with him at Inter when I had the best ever season of my career, and he’s one of few players working with me in a second different club: a manager never does that when he doesn’t like the player or person.
“He has no reason to be upset. Also he said a few years ago ‘Mourinho is the only manager i would never play for’. After one year he was with me at Inter, and now he’s here. There is no story.”