Mutu dashes quit talk

Viola striker has no plans to retire in wake of compensation fine

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Adrian Mutu has denied reports suggesting he considered retiring after being ordered to pay £14.6m to Chelsea.

The Fiorentina striker has been told to pay the substantial compensation package to the Blues by the Court of Arbitration for Sport for breach of contract.

Having made it clear that he is unable to pay the fine, there had been talk that the 30-year-old was ready to call time on his career.

However, the Romanian ace insists that is not the case and claims he has no plans to hang up his boots just yet.

"I was angry and disappointed," Mutu said, according to Fiorentina's official website.

"But I feel better now. It has never crossed my mind to retire from football.

"I will play for at least five or six more years, even though it will not play at the level I am playing now."

Mutu is hoping to reach a compromise with Chelsea and has revealed he is planning to talk with Blues owner Roman Abramovich.


The fine relates to the cancellation of Mutu's contract by the Stamford Bridge outfit after he tested positive for cocaine in 2004.

The experienced frontman will be represented during his negotiations with Chelsea by Giovani and Victor Becali, the agents who assisted him during the English Football Association hearings before they were both relieved of their duties by the player.

"I have reconciled with them," said Mutu.

"They are important to me. They don't want to transfer me somewhere else and they can help me resolve my problem with Chelsea."

Reports in Italy suggested one solution for Mutu could be to seek a lucrative move to a Russian club, but the former Juventus ace claims he has no plans to secure such a switch.

"I will remain at Fiorentina," he said.

"I am very calm in Florence and I have no reason to leave."