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New signing Eto'o in a row with Sampdoria coach

AP , Monday 2 Feb 2015
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Sampdoria's Samuel Eto'o, right, challenges the ball with Torino' Alexander Farnerud during a Serie A soccer match between Torino and Sampdoria at the Olympic stadium, in Turin, Italy, Sunday, Feb. 1, 2015. (Photo: AP)
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Sampdoria President Massimo Ferrero has played down a row between new signing Samuel Eto'o and coach Sinisa Mihajlovic after the striker refused to take part in a training session.

Mihajlovic had cancelled the squad's day off and imposed a double training session Monday following a 5-1 defeat at Torino.

After the morning session, Eto'o informed Mihajlovic he had a prior engagement and, following a heated exchange, left the training center and failed to return for the afternoon session, according to reports.

Ferrero tells Italian news agency ANSA "it was only a difference of opinions and, truthfully, a small one too. We are calm. Samp is very stable."

Eto'o joined Sampdoria last week from Everton and made his debut in Turin, coming on for the final 20 minutes.

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