By FOX Sports staff
The Cameroon international moved the Stamford Bridge from Anzhi Makhachkala on the final day of the summer transfer window and, despite his pedigree, his signing was slightly disappointing to fans given the club had spent all summer being linked with Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney.
However, Emenalo has since moved to explain the decision behind signing Eto'o, claiming a short-term solution was more suitable given someone like Romelu Lukaku, who has since left for Everton on loan, is shaping up as a genuine prospect for the future.
"In the case of Samuel Eto'o, it was an open secret that we wanted Wayne Rooney and I don't need to explain what the idea is behind wanting a player like Rooney," he said on the club's official website.
"But we are not desperate and we know for the future we have Romelu Lukaku and incredible hope that he will come through and lead the line.
"People keep forgetting that he is only 20, and looking at the short-term plan, we don't want to put too much pressure on a young player like him.
"So if we weren't able to get Rooney and we had Lukaku, [Demba] Ba and [Fernando] Torres, we felt comfortable with them but we also felt comfortable to bring Eto'o to give us a little bit of competition, because we wanted to freshen up that position."
Eto'o previously worked with Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho at Inter Milan, where they won the treble of the Serie A, Coppa Italia and UEFA Champions League in the 2009/10 season.