Viola want Mutu focus
Fiorentina hope Adrian Mutu will soon be able to concentrate on football after years of financial uncertainty.
Last Updated: 09/10/09 10:21pm
Fiorentina hope Adrian Mutu will soon be able to concentrate on football again after years of financial uncertainty.
The Romanian striker has been distracted since being ordered to pay a 17million euro fine to former club Chelsea.
However, the 30-year-old was given a glimmer of hope this week after the fine was temporarily suspended by a Swiss court, after the Court of Arbitration for Sport upheld Fifa's initial ruling in July.
Fiorentina sporting director Pantaleo Corvino would like the final outcome to favour Mutu so he can get back to doing what he does best.
"The only thing that I can say regarding Mutu's issue is that I hope the lad doesn't have to pay the fine to Chelsea, for many reasons that I don't have to explain," said Corvino.
"At the same time, I hope that Adrian can finally have his mind focused on one aim and that is to do well with Fiorentina."
Mutu, who cost Chelsea £15million in 2003, was sacked a year later after he tested positive for cocaine, and was given a seven-month worldwide football ban.
After being dismissed by Chelsea and serving his ban, the Romanian joined Juventus in January 2005 before moving to Fiorentina at the end of the following season.
Fiorentina had a chance to sell Mutu to Roma in the summer of 2008 but turned down a 20million euro offer.
Corvino said: "Do I regret not selling Mutu to Roma two summers ago when I was offered 20million euros? No, I don't.
"For better or for worse, I don't regret anything I've done in the past."