Adrian Mutu to join Petrolul on loan

Adrian Mutu has announced that he will leave Ajaccio in January and return to Romania to Petrolul Ploiesti.

Mutu, 34, joined the Corsican club in a shock move in 2012, but has failed to live up to his star billing.

After being sparingly used by former Ajaccio coach Fabrizio Ravanelli earlier this season, Mutu has since been left out of the squad by the Italian's successor, Christian Bracconi.

The former Chelsea and Juventus forward declared on his Twitter account on Sunday that he will quit the Ligue 1 outfit to join Romanian side Petrolul on loan for 18 months -- a deal that will run until the end of his Ajaccio contract.

And Ajaccio president Alain Orsoni, whose side also boast Mexico international Guillermo Ochoa, said Mutu's departure will herald a new era in the club's recruitment strategy.

"As of next season, we will no longer look to pull off coups," Orsoni, who was linked with a move for Alessandro Del Piero last summer, is reported as saying in L'Equipe. "We'll put our faith in our youth academy and young players in order to reduce our wage bill."

Mutu was banned from playing for Romania for life last week after comparing the team’s coach Victor Piturca to Mr Bean.

He felt the wrath of the Romanian Football Federation after he posted a photo on his official Facebook page, which depicted Piturca as the popular British television character played by Rowan Atkinson.

However, the authorities caught wind of Mutu's actions -- posted after he was left out of the squad for the World Cup qualifying match with Greece. According to reports, they informed the player via a letter that he would not be considered for national selection again.