Adrian Mutu

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Top 10 Young Romanian Footballers As Of July '00

Compiled by Laurentiu Popescu

Adrian Mutu

Name: Adrian Mutu
Current Club: Internationale Milano
Date of Birth:Jan 08, 1979
Position: Forward
Website: Internationale Milano
Comment: Adrian Mutu has just finished his first season with Italian giants Inter Milan. He has neither disappointed nor over impressed. Some, including Mutu himself, say that the team's coach Marcello Lippi did not show the youngster the confidences he needed to succeed in Seria A. Perhaps a more relevant issue is the high number of non-EU players at the club. Consequently, Mutu has often found himself on the bench. Despite this, when he did feature in the staring line-up, Mutu seemed to be well integrated in the team and was often at the core of Inter's offensive play. The highlight of his career so far has been his inclusion in the Romanian squad for EURO 2000. Before the tournament he had acquired little international experienced which had come only form friendly encounters. Despite this obvious setback, Jenei and especially the veterans Popescu and Hagi showed Mutu plenty of support. The Galatasaray stars see Mutu as an integral part of the team's future. Jenei used him as substitute in the first match against Germany and as a starter in the last two games against England and Italy. He left behind a good overall impression and showed that besides being talented he is also flexible, playing a midfield role against the English and more attack minded position against Italy. After Gheorghe Hagi will end his international career, many expect Adrian to take his place as the creative playmaker in midfield. It is likely that this summer Mutu will end his collaboration with Inter Milan; possible destinations include Verona, Ajax, Galatasaray and Fiorentina.