Former Chelsea forward Adrian Mutu has joined FC Pune City, the Indian Super League side had confirmed.
Mutu, 36, played for Chelsea from 2003 to 2004 after joining as one of the first big buys of the Roman Abramovich era. He was sacked in 2004 after being caught taking cocaine. He has played for a series of Serie A clubs since, including Inter Milan and Juventus.
He was quoted in a statement released by his new club:
“The commitment of the 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.”
Pune City are coached by ex-England international David Platt, and he added to Mutu’s comments.
“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.”
Mutu is the latest in a list of high profile players to move to India after Alessandro Del Piero and Nicholas Anelka did the same.