Mutu makes Blues vow
By Mark Buckingham
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
The Romanian international enjoyed a fine start to his Blues career upon his arrival from Parma last summer in a £15.8 million deal.
But the goals quickly dried up for the 25-year-old as he endured a frustrating second half of the campaign after Roman Abramovich's massive investment in the club failed to reap any silverware.
Following Mourinho's appointment to replace Claudio Ranieri as manager, there had been speculation that Mutu could be axed.
He has convinced Mourinho, though, that he merits a place in Chelsea's squad for the coming season and will vie with Eidur Gudjohnsen and new signing Mateja Kezman for a place in the starting line-up.
With either Hernan Crespo or Didier Drogba also likely to be challenging for a role, Mutu is aware of the competition at Stamford Bridge.
However, he is desperate to prove he is no big-money flop and wants the chance to show the Blues fans his true worth.
"I hope to do a lot of good things and to show all my qualities because I don't think I have done that in the last year," Mutu told The Daily Star.
"Maybe I've disappointed a little bit in the last season because I've not scored a lot of goals like two seasons ago.
"I've made a couple of mistakes and I know that but I'm okay now and I'm thinking only about football and that's the most important thing.
"I don't know what went wrong last year. There are a lot of reasons but what was bad has passed.
"I have a lot of ambitions for this season and want to show the fans I deserve to stay here.
"I will try to work hard to improve and show Mr Mourinho what I can do.
"I have spoken with him and I'm happy I stayed at Chelsea because I feel something special for this club."