Adrian Mutu Biography
Adrian Mutu is a professional footballer who plays as in the forward position for Cesena. Adrian Mutu has also represented the Romanian national football times for 70 times, and is regarded as one of the finest footballers of his generation from Eastern Europe. Adrian Mutu started his career with Romanian club Argeş Piteşti in 1996. His debut for the club came in 1997 and he soon started to get a lot of attention from clubs across Romania.
His first major move came in 1999 when Dinamo Bucureşti came calling for the still young Romanian. He had represented Argeş Piteşti for only 41 games before moving to the capital to represent Dinamo Bucureşti. His performances for Dinamo Bucureşti were even more impressive, as he plundered 22 goals from 33 games. It soon attracted attention from clubs all over Europe, but it was Italian club Inter Milan who managed to get the services of Adrian Mutu.
However, Mutu failed to settle with the Italian club having joined the club midway through the season. He made only 10 appearances before leaving for Verona in 2000. Mutu spent two more years at Verona before moving to Parma, where he once again showed his explosive potential by scoring 18 goals in 31 games for the Italian side.
Newly rich Chelsea FC identified him as a potential target and signed him in the summer of 2003. He was transferred to Chelsea for a fee thought to be in the region of £16 million, which made him one of the expensive members of the Chelsea squad.
However, this huge move came with a price. Mutu failed to settle at Stamford Bridge and the club soon discovered that he had developed a drug addiction problem. The difficult relationship with the then manager Jose Mourinho did not help things either. The drug addiction problem came to light in September 2004 after he failed a cocaine test. He was then fined by the club and banned for seven months.
It started the downhill for Adrian Mutu, as it was clearly apparent that he had no future at Chelsea. The club released him from his contract, but demanded a compensation of £15 million for the problems Mutu had caused to them. The poor relationship between the clubs meant that Mutu departed to Italy once again. He signed for Italian team Juventus in 2005, but stayed there for only one year before moving to Fiorentina in 2006.
So far, Fiorentina has been the one club where Mutu has spent the longest and it showed in his performances as well. He played 112 matches for Fiorentina and scored 54 goals in the process. However, he was released by the club at the end of the 2011 season after failing in yet another drugs test. He joined another Italian club Cesena at the start of the season.
Mutu has been one of Romania’s celebrated players having made 70 appearances for the national team and scoring 32 goals in the process.