Mutu: 'I'll score more than Zlatan'
Anything Paris Saint-Germain can do it seems AC Ajaccio can do too with the Corsican club announcing Adrian Mutu is to join them early next week while the Romanian "would bet" he will outscore Zlatan Ibrahimovic this season.
The former Romanian international telephoned Ajaccio president Alain Orsoni on Tuesday evening to confirm his desire to make the switch after ending his contract with Italian club Cesena by mutual consent, and he now intends to make a bigger impact than PSG's big-name summer arrival from AC Milan.
"I know Zlatan well, he's a good friend," said Mutu, who played with Ibrahimovic at Juventus in the 2005-06 season. "I'll set him a challenge to see who scores more. Even though he's in the better team, it's no problem. I'd bet on myself."
The ex-Chelsea, Juventus and Fiorentina forward turns 34 in January, and has a chequered past, twice being suspended for failing drugs tests. However, he believes he still has something to offer on the pitch.
''It is a good club for me at a good time," Mutu said. "The president showed me such passion, I really appreciated the way he spoke to me. What he had to say interested me, and I want to be a part of what he's doing. I want to feel I'm important and useful."
Orsoni is equally convinced a man who scored 34 times in 72 appearances for his country can have a major impact.
"We told him that Ajaccio certainly isn't PSG, but that we're a Ligue 1 club that wants to establish itself," said the Ajaccio supremo. "We talked about certain advantages of living in Corsica, and he liked the idea. He wants to bounce back. Given his talent and his career, he doesn't want to finish on a season which was a failure, in which his club was relegated."