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May 17, 2022

Mutu skips training, heads for Fiorentina exit

Adrian Mutu’s future at Fiorentina looks bleak after the striker deserted training and the Serie A strugglers threatened legal action against him, according to eurosport.yahoo.com.

The Romanian, who returned from a nine-month drugs ban in October when he was also involved in a fracas with a barman, looks to have pushed Fiorentina’s patience too far and has been dropped from the squad to play Bologna on Thursday. “Adrian Mutu today abandoned training without giving any justification,” a club statement said. “Such insubordination and lack of respect for the shirt and the team, the latest in a sequence of similar acts by Mutu, has forced Fiorentina to consider legal action.”
Mutu, still battling a 17 million euro (GBP14.4m) fine levied after being sacked by Chelsea in 2004 for testing positive for cocaine, now looks certain to be sold in the January transfer window.

According to the Italian media, quoted by hotnews.ro, before the training session Mutu allegedly talked on the phone in the locker-room, thus breaking Fiorentina’s ethical code. His sport agent was allegedly at the other end of the line, notifying him that Fiorentina does not want to loan him for free to Cesena until the end of the season. Furious with the club’s decision, Adrian Mutu left without giving any explanations.
Lorenzo Minotti, one of Cesena’s leaders, stated for ‘Corriere Fiorentino’: “I’ve talked in recent days with Ion Becali (Mutu’s agent – editor’s note) after I’ve read that Fiorentina might let him leave for free. I’ve made an offer for six months but only if the player comes for free.”

Ion Becali explained that Mutu left the training session because “he almost threw up” when he was told that Fiorentina’s officials are not willing to allow him to transfer for free in Italy although at first there was talk about him having “total freedom” in looking for a new team. “After ten days in which the club’s leaders told me that Mutu will be free and I should find a team for him, they now come and state that he doesn’t have total freedom in Italy. When I told the lad what this is about Mutu got angry and felt ill, he almost threw up when he heard the news – especially since I had offers in Italy and I was in advanced negotiations with a team – and left for home,” Becali said on GSP TV. He added that Mutu will continue to show up at the training sessions and that Fiorentina has to pay him approximately EUR 8 M for his contract, a contract that will expire in the summer of 2012.

On the other hand, the Turkish press claims that Galatasaray Istanbul, a team coached by Romania’s Gheorghe Hagi and that recently bought Juan Culio from Romania’s CFR Cluj, is close to buying Fiorentina striker Adrian Mutu. According to ajansspor.com, Galatasaray’s sport director and agent Victor Becali negotiated Mutu’s transfer on Wednesday evening in Istanbul, reaching an agreement. The final decision will be taken by club president Adnan Polat.

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