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Adrian Mutu has been a free agent ever since he parted ways with the Romanian club Petrolul Ploiesti on September of 2014. The 35 year old forward has played with a number of different clubs around Europe, mostly with Italy.
Chievo Verona, Inter Milan, Parma, Juventus, Fiorentina and Cesena are all of the Italian clubs that Adrian Mutu has joined and performed in during his younger years. It was during his time when playing with Fiorentina where he managed to make a name for himself and at some point he was even considered to be one of the best forwards of his era due to his remarkable and consistent high level performances. Read the rest of this entry »
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Adrian Mutu, the Romanian striker who used to play for Chelsea has denied the allegation that he turned up drunk for his visa at the Indian Embassy located in Bucharest, the capital of Romania.
In the month of September, Mutu signed a three month contract with the team Pune City FC playing in the Indian Super League. It is feared that he’ll not be able to play for his team in his team’s first match in the competition which is against Delhi Dynamos because he is having troubles getting his visa. He will play as a striker for Pune City FC.
Gazzetta dello Sport, an Italian Newspaper said that one could tell that Mutu was drunk just by looking at him when he visited the embassy. The embassy staff asked him to leave and said that he could come back when he was sober. Mutu denied that the event ever happened and posted in Twitter that the whole thing is a lie and said that he’s astonished at Gazzetta dello Sport, a reputed newspaper publishing a story without properly verifying it, along with an image of his visa. The Indian Embassy also said that no such incident took place. Indian first secretary to Romania, Political & Consular, Arun Kumar Sharma said that the reported story is a false one and further added that Mutu had some problems of very insignificant nature with his documents which was solved within a very short time.
Mutu was kicked out of Chelsea in the October of 2004 after tests conclusively proved that he used Cocaine. He was also initially banned for nine months after he failed a doping test when he was playing for Fiorentina but later on his ban was reduced three months. Adrian Mutu was banned from the Romanian National football team in the year 2011 along with one of his teammates after both of them were found to be drinking when they were supposed to be playing for the team which was competing against San Marino.
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The newly formed Indian Super League has been attracting a lot of attention with its ability to attract a number of former great players like Nicolas Anelka. The league is set to take place only for a few months from October. Since it will not be taking place over a period of 10 months like other major leagues, it has attracted the attention of several former players like Robert Pires. Despite being out of retirement for three years now, Pires returned to football by signing this short-term contract with Goa FC. Anelka has moved to Mumbai FC and the former Chelsea striker will be looking to continue his goal scoring prowess.
The Indian Super League, at one stage, where confident of attracting former Barcelona superstar Ronaldinho, who was available on a free transfer, before he decided to move to Mexican league. The latest acquisitions are the former Chelsea striker Adrian Mutu and former Manchester United defender Mikel Silvestre. Mutu famously failed a drug test while he was a Chelsea player and he is still being sued by his former club for money in the tune of £ 14 million. After a stellar career in the Premier League by playing for the likes of Manchester United and Arsenal, Silvestre has been signed by South Indian franchise Chennayin.
This team will be managed by former Italy defender Marco Materazzi, who will also play for the team. The former Inter Milan man is one of the high profile players for Chennayin after having lifted the World Cup title in 2006. Mutu is reportedly close to signing for Pune FC, who have a partnership with Italian club Fiorentina. Mutu is well-known for having represented Fiorentina before recently playing for French club Ajaccio. At 35 years of age, the former Romanian international is one of the younger players to sign for the Indian Super League.
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Petrolul Ploiești manager Razvan Lucescu has claimed that the Romanian national team should consider recalling the former Chelsea striker Adrian Mutu. After a career that been spanned by controversies, Mutu is currently playing with the Romanian club Petrolul Ploiești. He helped them qualify into the Europa league group stages by stunning opponents Viktoria Plzeň from the Czech Republic. Due to the much higher club profile, Viktoria Plzeň were the overwhelming favourites to beat Petrolul Ploiești in the two legged qualifying match and progress to the final stages of the competition.
The first leg finished in a 1-1 draw at home for the Romanian club. As a result, the Czech Republic team went into the second leg with a lot of confidence of progressing to the next round due to the backing of the home supporters. However, a 4-1 thrashing meant that they were knocked out 5-1 on aggregate. Mutu scored a sensational goal in the second leg to help the team win the tie 5-1 on aggregate. It has been one of the shocks of the tournament. After the match, a delighted Lucescu said that he is extremely happy with the outcome.
He also says that the performance of Mutu has been extremely satisfying and that the 35-year-old striker should consider playing for the Romanian national team once again. Mutu retired from international football in 2013 after 77 appearances and 35 goals for the Romanian national team. “Mutu is a fantastic player that makes the difference. It has a special motivation when playing holder, and they enter the field as a reserve. Effort, struggles, make a difference. Certainly must be the national team, it is my opinion,” said Lucescu after the match. “I had a very good week with 13 goals in 3 matches. This is life. I’d like to be called to the national team,” said Mutu.