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Everton have finished 5th for the last 2 seasons and Simon Hopper thinks the Toffees are good value to be near the top of the tree again this time – see his low-down on all the contenders and recommended bets here.

Inter striker Samuel Eto’o has played down suggestions that he does not rate Jose Mourinho as a coach.

The Cameroon international was officially unveiled as an Inter player on Tuesday after completing his move from Barcelona.

However, there have been suggestions that Eto’o may have a problem with Mourinho, but the striker says the quotes, which refer to a Champions League encounter between Barcelona and Mourinho’s former club Chelsea, were misattributed.

“I never said those words that were attributed to me,” he said. “There is also a tape which proves it and, in any case, that was after an intense game.

“Now I am happy to be here, for me it is a great honour to play for a coach like him.

“It has been years that I have been trying to play under Mourinho and I have never managed it.”

Mourinho also laughed off suggestions the pair do not get on, insisting they have very similar personalities.

“I have met Samuel six times in three years, and I never cared to know if he really said something not very nice about me,” he said.

“Why? Because he is like me: after losing an important match he doesn’t go home happy.

“The year after this game I wanted to take him to Chelsea, but I wasn’t allowed to.

“I am very happy to have him with us and I’m not talking only as Jose Mourinho but on behalf of the whole squad.

“Now I am happy, I have the right squad to work in the best of ways this season.”

Everton have finished 5th for the last 2 seasons and Simon Hopper thinks the Toffees are good value to be near the top of the tree again this time – see his low-down on all the contenders and recommended bets here.

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