Adrian Mutu joins Indian Super League along with three other ex-Premier League players

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Ex-Chelsea man Adrian Mutu has joined Indian Super League side FC Pune City as their marquee player for the upcoming season, Indian news organisation First Post have reported.

Mutu joins former Manchester City coach David Platt who has recently taken over as manager at Pune City.

On signing the 36-year old, 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."


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The Romanian's time at Chelsea was cut short following Mutu failing a drugs test which resulted in a 7-month ban and a £20,000 fine by the FA in 2004.

The £16 million signing by Roman Abramovich was then released by Chelsea despite having impressed on the field in his 38 appearances, claiming 10 goals during his Stamford Bridge stay.

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

Ivory Coast's all time record appearance holder Didier Zokora was also confirmed today by Pune. The former Tottenham midfielder won 123 caps for his country before announcing his retirement last year.

This follows the signing of former Reading left back Nicky Shorey and ex-Everton goalkeeper Steve Simonsen who both joined the club earlier this month.

Shorey (34) earned two England caps back in 2007 while Simonsen (36) won promotion from the Championship with Stoke City back in 2008.

With these signings in place, Pune will be targeting a title challenge this season after finishing sixth in the eight team Super League last year.

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