Eto'o In Uzbekistan For Talks
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BARCA forward Samuel Eto'o faced the media in Uzbekistan to confirm he was following interest from national league leaders Kuruvchi.
The 27-year-old also revealed Kuruvchi were one of a number of clubs to have contacted him, despite claims from Barca sporting director Txiki Begiristain that the Catalan club had not received any formal bids for the striker.
Eto'o, who has been told he is not part of new coach Pep Guardiola's plans, is expected to leave the Nou Camp this summer and has been linked with moves to Serie A and the Premier League.
A host of sides have been linked with the prolific Cameroon international, with Kuruvchi claiming earlier this week they had reached a deal to sign Eto'o and that the striker would arrive in Tashkent on Thursday.
And although the story was largely laughed off in the media, Eto'o arrived in the Uzbekistan capital Tashkent as announced to give a press conference and explain the motives for his trip.
"There was interest from Kuruvchi. That is one of the reasons I'm here, to get to know the people and all the interesting things about this country," he said.
"I want to say something (about my future), but there are other clubs interested and I'll make the best choice for me."
Eto'o insisted no decision had yet been made about his future, and until he was decided he promised he would continue to train with his current club.
He added: "I've not made any decision about changing teams. On Saturday I'll begin training again in Spain. If I had to decide to change club I would always do what was best for my career.
"Tonight I'll return to Spain and there I'll confirm my final opinion."
The Cameroon forward did, however, reveal he had reached "an agreement" with the Kuruvchi vice-president.
But he refused to give further details, adding only: "When I've made the appropriate decision I'll tell him (the Kuruvchi vice-president) first to keep this matter secret."
At the same time Eto'o was facing the press in Tashkent, Primera Liga side Valencia were busy denying their reported interest in the player.
A statement released on the Valencia website, www.valenciacf.es, read: "The club wants to express that there has not been, and there will not be, any contact with the player to sign him (Eto'o)."
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