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Mutu targets Fiorentina stay

April 16, 2010
By Soccernet staff

Adrian Mutu's agent has revealed that the Fiorentina striker wants to stay at the club, despite facing a ban for failing two anti-doping tests earlier this year.

Adrian Mutu
GettyImagesAdrian Mutu: Controversy is never far away from the Romanian striker

Mutu will be sentenced on Monday and is hoping that the National Anti-Doping Tribunal don't suspend for more than one year, according to his agent Giovanni Becali.

"Fiorentina's directors have never spoken to me about saying goodbye to Mutu, and for now we have not received any offers," Becalli said.

"We await the sentence. I hope that a ban arrives, which is less than one year."

In contrast to when Chelsea sacked Mutu for taking cocaine in 2004, Fiorentina have stood by the Romania striker since the story broke in late January that traces of sibutramine had been found in two of his samples.

Mutu has maintained that the failed test was down to slimming tablets given to him by his mother, and has presented them as evidence in his defence.