Adrian Mutu to join Petrolul Ploiesti on loan

Ajaccio forward Adrian Mutu announces that he will return to Romania to play for Petrolul Ploiesti in the New Year.

Romanian forward Adrian Mutu has announced that he will return to his homeland to play for Petrolul Ploiesti in the New Year.

The former Chelsea man, who was sacked by the Stamford Bridge club in 2004 after failing a drugs test, will leave current employers Ajaccio on a loan deal.

Mutu announced the move on Twitter, writing: "From January I will play for Petrolul Ploiesti. I will come on a loan from Ajaccio."

Petrolul Ploiesti were knocked out of this season's Europa League by Swansea City, who won 6-3 on aggregate.

Mutu has not played club football in Romania since 2000 when he left Dinamo Bucharest.

The 34-year-old is currently banned from international football after mocking national team coach Victor Piturca, whom he likened to Mr Bean.

Greece's Kostas Mitroglou celebrates after scoring during the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifying play-off first leg football match between Greece and Romania at the Karaiskaki stadium in Athens on November 15, 2013
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