posted on Oct, 13 2004 @ 01:28 PM
Enigmatic striker Adrian Mutu looks set to leave Chelsea in the next transfer window after his stormy relationship with manager Jose Mourinho reached
The Romania marksman, 25, failed to show up for training on Tuesday and was believed to have been absent again today after reports of a blazing
exchange with Mourinho when Mutu returned from international duty on Monday.
He has now contacted the club, whose spokeswoman said: "Adrian Mutu provided a perfectly valid reasion for his absence and the club is entirely
comfortable with the situation."
But that is hardly likely to repair the damage of his rift with Mourinho, who was furious with Mutu for defying his wishes by playing for Romania on
Saturday when there were fears the player was still carrying knee and thigh injuries.
Then Mutu claimed in the media that the pair are at loggerheads, although he has subsequently issued a public apology for openly criticising his
Mutu, who started with a rush of six goals in ten games after his 15.8 million move from Italian club Parma last season but then tailed off with just
four more in the remainder of the campaign, could even be sacked for this latest breach of discipline.
However, it is more likely he will be put on the transfer list.