Chelsea could be set for €21m windfall - report

Adrian Mutu

Chelsea could finally receive money demanded via a court for Adrian Mutu, according to Italian reports.

Unbelievably the Adrian Mutu-Chelsea dispute still continues even a decade on.

Chelsea are fighting for money owed to them, with Europe's highest courts previously backing the club's case.

The dispute stems back to Mutu's exit from Chelsea and subsequent signing for Juventus.

Mutu was dismissed by Chelsea late 2004 after testing positive for cocaine, just a year after Roman Abramovich paid £15.8m for his services.

The Blues were then angered by Mutu signing for Juventus on a free in January 2005, despite being officially banned from sport. He was actually registered to Livorno and loaned later to Juventus as the Turin club had too many non-EU players, with Romania at this stage not part of the union.

Chelsea argued Mutu was still in breach of contract, and took the case to court. It was decreed that Mutu, the architect of his own woes, would have to pay a huge €17m fine.

He has appealed this unsuccessfully three times, but has always maintained he is unable to repay the money and Chelsea have not seen a penny.

The interest on the fee now stands at €21m, accruing at €2,500 per day and Chelsea have decided to 'go after' Juventus and Livorno instead.

Italian newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport report this Friday that FIFA's chamber of dispute resolution panel has ordered the two clubs to pay the money to Chelsea.

Both clubs are however planning to appeal the decision, arguing he was not Chelsea's player at the time he was signed.

The 34-year-old currently plays for French side Ajaccio, but says he intends to retire at the end of the season.

image: © Enrico Carcasci

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