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Last Updated: Wednesday, 6 October, 2004, 02:23 GMT 03:23 UK
Mutu hits out at Mourinho
Chelsea striker Adrian Mutu
Out-of-favour Chelsea striker Adrian Mutu has accused coach Jose Mourinho of saying he is injured to prevent him playing in a World Cup qualifier.

Mutu insists he is fit and has flown out for Romania's tie against the Czech Republic on Saturday.

"I am in an open conflict with Mourinho who forbade me to go to my national team and said I was injured.

"It is not true - I have been in good condition for five days and he knew that," Mutu told The Sun.

The 25-year-old may face a fine when he returns to Stamford Bridge, and believes he may now have to find another club.

I told Mourinho I was fit
Adrian Mutu
"I don't care about being fined. I want everyone to know that the national team is the most important thing for me," he added.

Mutu's absence from Chelsea's squad in their 1-0 win over Liverpool on Sunday was attributed to a knee injury.

But Mutu said: "I told Mourinho I was fit. He disagreed and showed me a piece of paper from the medical staff claiming I wasn't. But I know I am fit.

"Mourinho has promised me that I would play in the first team for some games.

"Then I wasn't even in the squad and I don't understand why.

"Probably the only solution, even if I don't want it, is to find another team."




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