Ex-Chelsea £15.8m signing ends spell in France to return home

Adrian Mutu has departed Ajaccio after a year and has signed on for Petrolul Ploiesti in Romania.

Chelsea fans will remember Adrian Mutu as a flawed genius, whose time at Stamford Bridge came to a sudden end after testing positive for recreational drugs.

The former Romania international’s latest club was Ajaccio in Ligue 1, but the French club have confirmed today that the eastern European has left the club, and has signed for Petrolul Ploiesti.

“Mutu has, on Monday morning, terminated his contract with AC Ajaccio,” an official statement reads.

“The parties have separated by mutual agreement. The player is now free of any commitment and can probably continue his career in Romania with Petrolul.”

Mutu looked like a shrewd signing by Ajaccio last term, as the gifted attacker netted 11 goals in 26 games. However this season he has failed to score in nine appearances, and has ended his stint with the club.

The 35-year-old had been public with an offer to rejoin Fiorentina to help the Serie A club after Giuseppe Rossi’s injury, but now looks destined to finish his playing career in his homeland.

image: © Enrico Carcasci

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