Samuel Eto'o's agent says the Anzhi Makhachkala striker is unlikely to return to Inter Milan on loan during the Russian league's winter break even though it would make the Cameroon international "really happy."
Eto'o, who left Inter for Anzhi in a 27 million ($37.17 million) transfer in August, was spotted driving his Ferrari around downtown Milan earlier this week.
"I don't know how this idea came about," Claudio Vigorelli said in newspaper reports Friday. "It would make Samuel really happy, but there's nothing concrete and we haven't met with Inter. Even though I imagine it would please Inter also.
"Anzhi has its program and its friendlies, its strategies in the transfer market. It's too early to talk about it. Of course Samu would love to even train in Italy."
The Gazzetta dello Sport reported Eto'o could play nine Serie A matches with Inter in January and February and one Champions League game if it advances from the group stage.
However, Anzhi general director German Chistyakov said on a fan forum website Thursday that "even in my worst nightmare it is impossible to imagine such a scenario.
"During this period the player, as a total professional, will be preparing for the upcoming, extremely difficult season with Anzhi," Chistyakov added.
Eto'o led Inter with 37 goals in all competitions last season, and the Nerazzurri have struggled without him, gaining just four points in their opening five league games this season. Inter has also replaced Gian Piero Gasperini with Claudio Ranieri as manager.
"I've been away until today and I don't know anything about this story," Inter president Massimo Moratti said late Thursday. "Eto'o is well regarded in the changing room but I would say it's 90 percent he won't come."
Moratti added that at the time of Eto'o's transfer there was no discussion about a possible return.
"It's nice that he has expressed this desire," Moratti said.