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Adrian Mutu joins Pune City as Indian Super League club's marquee signing

Adrian Mutu signed for Chelsea in 2003 before being released the following year.

Former Chelsea forward Adrian Mutu has signed for FC Pune City as the Indian Super League (ISL) club's marquee signing.

Mutu, 36, will play for Pune City in the second season of the ISL, with former Tottenham midfielder Didier Zokora also joining the club.

Pune City CEO Gaurav Modwel said: "Adrian is FC Pune City's marquee player. His talent in front of the opponents' goal post is remarkable. His wealth of experience will be of great value to team's vision of being the best."

Mutu joined Chelsea in 2003 from Parma, but was released by the English side in October 2004 having failed a drugs test for cocaine the previous month.

Governing body FIFA ruled in 2013 that Juventus and Livorno had to contribute some of the £14 million owed by Mutu to Chelsea for a breach of contract.

But Juve claimed in January they will not have to pay Chelsea compensation after having an appeal upheld by the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

Former Inter Milan, Juventus and Fiorentina striker Mutu said of his move: "The commitment of the [FC Pune City] management for having me as a part of the club was one of the primary reasons for me to join. This certainly will be one of the biggest challenges of my career so far and I look forward to it.

"The team has gathered some quality signings from India as well as abroad and excellent backroom staff will make us an exciting side."

The club's manager David Platt said: "Adrian has experience at the highest level and a professional motivation to succeed. I've admired him from afar for some years and am very excited at the prospect of us working together for the benefit of FC Pune City."

Fellow new recruit Zokora added: "I am excited to get this chance to play for FC Pune City in the Indian Super League. I have played in many countries before and every country has presented a new challenge.

"I am sure this journey to India will be exciting and memorable one for me. I hope I can help my team become champions."


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