Adrian MUTU

Adrian Mutu - Chelsea FC - Biography of his Chelsea career.

Photo/Foto: George Herringshaw

Date: 12 April 2004

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      Monday, 08 January 1979
      Calinesti, Romania
  • Romania
  • Chelsea FC
    • Club Career Dates
    • League Debut
      Saturday, 23rd August 2003 in a 2-1 win at home to Leicester City (Aged: 24)
    • Club Career
  • Fiorentina
    • Club Career Dates
      2006 - 2011.
    • League Debut
    • Club Career
      112 Serie A matches 54 goals.
  • Juventus
    • Club Career Dates
      2005 - 2006.
    • League Debut
      29th. May 2005 in a a 4–2 win over Cagliari.
    • Club Career
      33 Serie A matches 10 goals.
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Adrian MUTU - Chelsea FC - Biography of his Chelsea career.

21 League apps (+6 as sub), 6 goals


Romanian playboy Adrian Mutu could, and should, have been a Chelsea favourite for years to come; that he is destined to be a forgotten man at Stamford Bridge is a sad and frustrating example of a hugely talented individual throwing it all away. Signed from Italian club Parma for a mighty £15.8m in August 2003, Mutu's initial impact was simply stunning. A magnificent goal on his debut against Leicester City was followed by further classy strikes against Blackburn Rovers and Tottenham Hotspur, his brace in a 4-2 win over Chelsea's London rivals highlighting a blossoming understanding with Damien Duff which appeared to be the start of an irresistible and exciting partnership. Sadly, though, Mutu's meteoric rise to prominence in the English game was followed by an equally rapid fall from grace.

Rumours that he was unpopular with the other members of Claudio Ranieri's squad were supplemented by stories of unsavoury behaviour emanating from behind the Stamford Bridge scenes. For a while, Mutu was able to paper over the cracks, finding the net during a famous Champions League victory over Italian giants Lazio, and striking impressively during FA Cup clashes with Watford and Arsenal. However, that goal at Highbury would prove to be his last of the season and his last for the club. Indeed, as Chelsea battled unsuccessfully against Monaco in the Champions League semi-final, one notable, unexplained absentee was Adrian Mutu. Portuguese tough-guy Jose Mourinho took over from Ranieri in the summer of 2004, and welcomed Mutu back to the fold at a time when the former manager was penning a book in which he described Mutu as a 'bad egg'.

Nevertheless, Mourinho was prepared to give Mutu a shot at redemption, and the Romanian appeared twice as a substitute early in the season, before further lurid tabloid tales were followed by the news that he had tested positive for cocaine use. Chelsea, who had previously confronted Mutu over such allegations only to receive a firm denial, terminated the player's contract even before the FA had hit him with a seven-month suspension from football. It was a sad and tawdry end to a brief career that had initially promised great things. (Kelvin Barker)


1996–1998    Argeș Pitești    41    (11)
1998–1999    Dinamo București    33    (22)
1999–2000    Internazionale    10    (0)
2000–2002    Verona    57    (16)
2002–2003    Parma    31    (18)
2003–2004    Chelsea    27    (10)
2005–2006    Juventus    33    (7)
2006–2011    Fiorentina    112    (54)
2011–2012    Cesena    28    (8)
2012–2014    Ajaccio    37    (11)
2014             Petrolul Ploiești    14    (4)
2015–2016    Pune City    10    (4)
2016             ASA Târgu Mureș    4    (0)

Total        437  games    (161 goals)