Fiorentina would be making a major mistake if they ever decide to bring former Chelsea striker Adrian Mutu back to the club.
The 36-year-old, who has recently become the latest player to sign up for the Indian Premier League with Pune FC, wishes to end his career with La Viola according to club president of his old side Petrolul Ploiseti.
However, with his questionable attitude and powers beginning to fade with age, Vincenzo Montella must veer clear of any potential deal and move for an alternative target instead.
Mutu fell from grace back in September 2004 during his time at Stamford Bridge where he failed a drugs test for cocaine and was handed a seven-month ban by the FA.
It was ultimately the major factor in the player’s bitter departure from the club, with manager Jose Mourinho sacking and allowing him to sign a contract with Juventus instead.
However, since then the Blues have attempted to sue the Romanian for breach of contract, with an eight-figure sum being demanded by the Londoners which is money their former marksman claims not to have.
Despite ultimately rebuilding his reputation at Fiorentina after his time at the Della Alpi turned sour, he failed another drugs test in 2010 and was banned for nine months in yet another stain on his character.
La Viola provided the striker with the perfect opportunity to make the sporting headlines for all the right reasons back in the summer of 2006.
After a steady goal return in Turin he moved to the Stadio Artemio Franchi and made a huge impact, scoring 17 times to help fire them to the Uefa Cup despite having started the season with -15 points because of their part played in the Italian match-fixing scandal.
He then further endeared himself to fans by hitting double figures in the following four seasons in a run that also saw the Italian giants become a regular Champions League side as a result.
However after returning from his ban and looking a player haunted by the mistakes of his past and the pressure of the fans, he moved to Cesena in 2011 ending his enjoyable time in Florence.
Mutu impressed at Cesena and later French side Ajaccio but last term saw the biggest indication that the sun is beginning to set on his turbulent career.
Montella is in need of a forward following the lengthy injury sustained by Giuseppe Rossi and the inconsistent form of Germany striker Mario Gomez, but moving for a former flame is not the answer.
A more realistic target would be Liverpool’s Fabio Borini, who could be available in January and has been linked with a transfer to Inter Milan.
Mutu is no messiah. He was once a Fiorentina favourite but the comfort of retirement now beckons soon.
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