Chelsea striker Samuel Eto'o has launched a thinly-veiled attack on manager Jose Mourinho after the Portuguese coach questioned the Cameroon international's age earlier this year.
It was reported in March that Eto'o still hadn't forgiven Mourinho for mocking his age a month earlier - and it seems this may well be the case, after the 33-year-old appeared to label his manager a "fool" in an interview with africanfootball.com.
When asked how he feels about next month's showpiece international tournament being his last World Cup finals, the former Barcelona and Inter Milan striker responded:
"Today, I am 33 years old. And it is not because a fool called me an old man that you must believe it. And you may have noticed that the old man was better than the youngsters."
Eto'o is poised to leave Stamford Bridge this summer after his one-year deal with the Blues comes to an end. Mourinho brought the African legend to west London as a short-term signing after the veteran striker made it clear that he wanted to join other high-profile names in leaving the troubled Russian club Anzhi Makhachkala, where he spent two years.
Eto'o proved a useful short-term measure for the Blues, scoring 12 goals - including a hat-trick against Manchester United - and providing six assists in 34 appearances. However, Chelsea do not plan on offering the Cameroonian a contract extension, as they plan for the future with Spain international Diego Costa set to arrive at Stamford Bridge ahead of the 2014/15 campaign.