Fiorentina rule out Mutu sale to Roma

July 23, 2008

Fiorentina insist Adrian Mutu will remain at the Stadio Artemio Franchi, despite reports that the striker is on the verge of sealing a move to Roma.

Both Serie A clubs admitted on Wednesday that an offer had been made by the capital club for Mutu.

But amid reports that a switch is imminent, the Viola claim the 29-year-old, who said last week he wanted to end his career in Florence, is not for sale.

A brief statement on the Fiorentina website, www.violachannel.tv, read: "Fiorentina president, Andrea della Valle, in reference to Roma's offer, announces that, for the Viola, Adrian Mutu is and remains a Fiorentina player."

Mutu, who was Fiorentina's top scorer last season and is under contract until the end of the 2010/11 campaign, requested a pay rise earlier in the summer.

The Romania striker enjoyed a spectacular season last campaign, displaying the kind of form that saw him added to several clubs' wish-lists.

But earlier this month Mutu's agent claimed the club had offered an improved contract and insisted the forward would sign a new deal on his return from holiday.

Mutu, who has also had spells with Parma, Juventus and Chelsea, has scored 33 goals in 62 appearances for Fiorentina.