Mutu praise for Jose
By Graeme Bailey
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Adrian Mutu says Jose Mourinho put him straight after his problems at Chelsea.Adrian Mutu says Jose Mourinho put him straight after his problems at Chelsea.
Mutu made his Juventus debut at the weekend after completing his ban for drug abuse which he picked up last October, whilst at Chelsea.
The Blues reacted by sacking the Romanian and he signed for Juve in January.
He has had to wait until now for his debut, but he is not bitter about his former boss.
"I don't think he wanted to harm me," he said.
"At the start of the season I asked him if he was counting on me and he said he was. He wouldn't have changed his mind after two months.
"I think he wanted to put me on the right path and maybe he has done.
"I'm more mature now. After all that has happened I know now what counts in life, private life and professional life.
"I am stronger now. I want to play football. I know that what happened was my fault alone. I am not looking for excuses because I don't want to repeat my mistakes. I feel much more at ease with myself now."
Mutu has already been linked with numerous moves to other Italian clubs as Juve get ready to wheel and deal in the summer's transfer market.
However, Mutu insists he is not listening to any reports about his future.
"These rumours don't annoy me anymore in fact they motivate me to show that I can play for Juventus," he told Sky Sport Italia.
"The club can't offer guarantees to anyone even if you are called Alessandro Del Piero - a legend of the game. It is not a battle between him and me. There are five strikers at the club and I am one of them."