Former Fiorentina, Juventus and Chelsea striker Adrian Mutu confessed he “should’ve made different choices in my life,” including his departure from the Viola.
The Romanian was a Serie A star before his spectacular fall from grace, testing positive for cocaine while at Chelsea and subsequent legal dispute when he signed for Juve as a free agent.
“I should’ve made different choices in my life, but perhaps without those experiences, I would not have been the man I am today,” Mutu told Radio Toscana.
“You learn from your mistakes. My greatest quality is that I am generous, but the biggest defect is that I am stubborn.”
Mutu went on to Fiorentina after his Juventus spell, from 2006 to 2011, followed by Cesena, Ajaccio, Petrolul, Pune City in India and Tirgu Mures before retiring in 2016.
“I should’ve retired at Fiorentina, really, even if I was somewhat forced to leave by (director Pantaleo) Corvino. I felt coddled by Cesare Prandelli, he looked after me and we worked together for so many years. People were so nice to me when I’d walk around in Florence.
“I had a great rapport with Andrea and Diego Della Valle and it’s a shame their era in charge of the club came to an end that way. They were so hungry to win something, but I think the Della Valle era was still positive for Florence.”
The Viola came close with a strong Champions League campaign, which was ended by a controversial defeat to Bayern Munich.
“We beat Liverpool, Everton, Lyon and PSV Eindhoven. We could fight it out with everyone, except Barcelona, who were the strongest in those years.
“I swore so much after the first leg with Bayern Munich. We were winning in the second, until Arjen Robben hit that strike from 25 metres into the top corner.”
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