Mutu: My career is ruined
By Simon Fudge
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Sacked Chelsea striker Adrian Mutu believes his career is now in ruins.Adrian Mutu has revealed that his sacking from Chelsea has left his career in ruins.
The Romanian international was sacked by the Premiership club this week after testing positive for cocaine last month, despite the Football Association having yet to take action on the Eastern European hit-man.
The 25-year-old, who was brought to the West London club for £15 million in the from Italian club Parma last season, is likely facing a ban of up to two years for his indiscretion.
The events of the past week have devastated Mutu, who thought he might receive a suspension but not a termination of his Stamford Bridge contract.
The striker admits he may consider walking away from football after Chelsea decided to take a zero-tolerance approach to his positive cocaine test and axe him.
"Now my career is in ruins. I might as well walk away from football," Mutu told the Sunday Mirror. "What is there left for me?
"Chelsea have destroyed me. I don't know what I'm going to do. I am shocked and surprised by their decision.
"I didn't expect them to pay me while I was suspended, but I never thought they would sack me either."
Mutu is upset with Chelsea's timing of their decision, as the club opted not to wait for The FA's ruling on his positive drugs test.
"It is unfair. If they are going to sack me, they should have done it afterwards," he added.
"Why did they go public? To make an example of me? It makes it very difficult for me now."
Despite Mutu's claims that he was unfairly treated by Chelsea, the club's chief executive Peter Kenyon says the player only has himself to blame for the matter.
"To suggest we left him out to dry is rubbish," Kenyon told BBC Radio Five Live.
"On this occasion, the support was there for Adrian Mutu who chose to ignore it, lie and the consequences of that are quite simple.
"The point being missed is the employee also has a role to play."
With a ban for Mutu looming, the striker may yet receive a lifeline back into football in the future after Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger revealed he would consider signing the striker once his suspension is at an end.
|CSKA Moscow 11/4 Draw 9/4 Chelsea 4/5 - |
Click here for full odds with Sky Bet