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Adrian Mutu has signed a five-year contract with Juventus just two months after being sacked by Chelsea and suspended from football for seven months by the Football Association for failing a drugs test.

The Romanian’s ban will expire on May 18, meaning the 26-year-old forward will be eligible to play the last two games of the current Serie A campaign.

Mutu admitted that he came close to quitting football after his dismissal by Chelsea.

“Chelsea have destroyed me,” he said at the time. “Now my career is in ruins. I might as well walk away from football.”

He sacked his agents Gica Popescu and Giovani Becali and signed a deal with an Italian management company led by Alessandro Moggi, the son of the Juventus managing director Luciano Moggi.

Since his dismissal for gross misconduct, Mutu has been undergoing a drug education and rehabilitation programme with former Arsenal player Tony Adams.

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