Adrian Mutu wants to be the child’s new father.
Ex-Chelsea striker Adrian Mutu has made the outlandish claim that the Chinese baby rescued from a sewage pipe this week was ‘sent to him by God’ and he ‘must adopt him.’
Mutu now plays for French side AC Ajaccio in Ligue 1, but featured for the Blues for just one year after he signing for the club for £16.7m in 2003.
The baby the Romanian plans to adopt hit the news headlines on Tuesday after it was flushed down a communal toilet in the Chinese province of Zhejiang.
The extraordinary tale went worldwide when fire crews and hospital staff painstakingly removed the baby from a piece of piping just 5cm in diameter.
It has since been revealed that the mother of the child – known only as Baby 59 due to its incubator number – had flushed the infant, leading to outrage at both the woman and China’s controversial one baby policy.
Yet in a bizarre twist, footballer Mutu wants to adopt the baby himself and has looked into the legal agreements to do so.
“I intend to adopt this baby,” the 34-tear-old told Romanian channel ProTV.
“He’s a special child. When I saw the baby I said ‘I must adopt him, he has been sent to me by God.”
The Romania international is already a father of three, but says that he and his wife have discussed the idea of adopting the child and are extremely keen to do so.
Mutu was sacked by Chelsea in 2004 after failing a drugs test and returned to Serie A – where he had played previously for Parma – starring for Juventus, Fiorentina and Cesena before moving to France in 2012.