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Transfer news: Samuel Eto'o leaves Everton for Sampdoria on free transfer

Samuel Eto'o has completed his free transfer from Everton to Sampdoria.

Eto'o leaves Goodison Park just five months and 20 appearances after joining the club following the end of a spell at Chelsea.

An Everton statement said the Cameroon striker has signed a two-and-a-half-year deal, but a tweet from the 33-year-old put the length of the contract at three-and-a-half years.

Everton manager Roberto Martinez said: "We thank Samuel for his efforts and for bringing his know-how to the team and to Finch Farm where he passed on some of his terrific experience to all of the young players in particular.

"The memory of his performances in Europe stand out especially. On behalf of all Evertonians, we wish him well for the next chapter in his career."

Eto'o, who previously spent two years in Serie A with Inter, scored four goals in his short time on Merseyside and helped Everton reach the knockout stage of the Europa League, where they will play Young Boys.

He wrote on his Instagram account: "Dear Toffees. I've been blessed to spend these past few months with you.

"To my pleasure, I have discovered here a crowd of warm, passionate, affectionate and supportive fans... It's time for me to leave, but wherever I go, I will bring with me all the memories we've built together."

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