Chelsea`s Cameroonian international striker Samuel Eto`o on Thursday branded manager Jose Mourinho "a fool" after the Portuguese coach called his age into question.
Mourinho made headlines two months ago when he suggested in a private conversation that the Cameroonian may be older than he claims.
"I am 33 years old. And it is not because a fool called me an old man that you must believe it," Eto`o told the Ivorian press on the sidelines of a youth football tournament in Bouake.
"And you may have noticed that the old man was better than the youngsters," he added.
Mourinho told a Swiss businessman before the Cameroonian celebrated his 33rd birthday in March: "The problem with Chelsea is we lack a striker. I have one (Eto`o), but he`s 32. Maybe 35. Who knows?"
Eto`o seemed to take Mourhino`s comments in his stride at the time, mimicking an old man as he limped to a corner flag after scoring against Tottenham Hotspur.
"Contrary to what he says about my age, I`m still in good shape. At 33 years I still feel good," he said.
"And I also want to say that I will not take refuge in the United States or the Middle East. I will continue at the top level. I want to continue to play the Champions League, but I will not tell you with what club.
"I`m counting on playing the next two World Cups, there is one who played until he was 42 years old (Note: his compatriot Roger Milla during the 1994 World Cup in the United States)."