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Former Juventus and Chelsea player Adrian Mutu comes out of retirement

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Adrian Mutu played 77 international games for Romanian national team where he managed to score 35 goals. He's played for clubs such as Chelsea, Juventus, Fiorentina and Internazionale before he retired in January after playing in his home country for Petrolul Ploiesti where he managed four goals in 14 appearances.

But his career wasn't all sunshine and happy days. In September 2004, he failed a drugs test for cocaine and that meant that he was released by Chelsea the 29 October 2004. He also received a seven-month ban by The FA.

After one year with Juventus he signed a contract with Fiorentina where he managed 54 goals in 112 games. His time in Firenze was also troubled because in 2010 he failed another doping-test after a Coppa Italia game against Lazio. He was handed a nine-month ban and suspended by Fiorentina. But on 3 February 2011 he was reinstated by the club.

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Also at international level he's managed to get himself into trouble. On 11 august 2011 he and his Romanian teammate Gabriel Tamas were excluded from the national team after they were spotted drinking at a bar while their teammates where playing a friendly against Sam Marino. However, after only three games, their suspension was lifted.

On 21 November 2013, Mutu was banned from playing on the national team after he posted an image of manager Victor Piturca as Mr. Bean on Facebook.

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But now he's back and ready to play for Indian side Pune City. Pune City announced the signing of the 36-year old on Thursday where he would join former Tottenham and Sevilla man, Didier Zokora, and a number of other big names in the Indian League.

Elano, Lucio, Helder Postiga, Simao is now all set to play in India with Roberto Carlos and Nicolas Anelka being named playing managers. David Platt, Marco Materazzi, Zico and Peter Taylor are all getting ready to be standing on the sideline.

Can Mutu make a successful return to the game?

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