Chelsea chase Juventus for Mutu cash

Copyright Mark Freeman
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Chelsea are turning their attention to Juventus, as they continue their nine year chase for their money back on Adrian Mutu according to the London Evening Standard.

The Blues sacked Mutu in 2004 for testing positive for cocaine. He served a seven month ban and returned to football with Juventus. Chelsea successfully sued Mutu for breach of contract a couple of years ago and the player was ordered to pay them £14.5m.

The forward has not paid up though so Chelsea have turned their attention to Juventus. As they signed a £15m player for nothing and then sold him on for £6m to Fiorentina, Chelsea think they are liable.

The Romanian was one of the first signings at Chelsea after Roman Abramovich took over.

Tested positive for cocaine

He cost Chelsea £15.8m from Parma and had a successful first season at the club, scoring 10 goals in all competitions. Things turned sour for Mutu at Stamford Bridge the following summer when José Mourinho took over. The two men fell out over whether or not Mutu was fit to play a World Cup qualifier.

Mutu tested positive for cocaine in September 2004 and Chelsea opted not to stand by him and support him through rehabilitation. Mutu received a seven month ban from the FA and his return to football was rather controversial.

Juventus signed him for nothing

He resurfaced in Italy with Juventus via Livorno. Juventus signed him on a five-year contract in January 2005, even though he was still banned from playing.

The catch was that Juventus’ squad already contained the full quota of overseas players so Livorno signed Mutu. They held his registration while he was banned before moving him onto Juventus when he was eligible to play again, allowing them time to make room in their squad.

Mutu played one season for Juve before moving on. He now plays in France and plans to retire at the end of next season.

Chelsea’s case will be heard by a FIFA dispute resolution committee this week. The club are also trying to claim three properties in Miami owned by Mutu, worth millions of pounds.

A source at Stamford Bridge said: “We are exercising our legal remedies to recover the amounts owed to us and we will continue to do so.”

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