Adrian Mutu has explained the reasons why he opted to leave Fiorentina for Serie A minnows Cesena this summer.
The Romanian was presented to the media today after he signed a two-year contract with the Sea Horses last month.
"I was at a big club like Fiorentina, nobody forced me to leave, but I wanted to breathe new air – there is a very ambitious project here," stated the 32-year-old.
"A few months ago I met President Igor Campedelli, a person with clear and big ideas for the future.
"I decided to accept his offer, but we must be realistic and keep our feet on the ground. I do not want to talk about survival, but neither of qualifying for Europe. We have the obligation to improve.
"Mentally I feel ready. I know that this year we won't be fighting for trophies, but there will be challenges. I can not wait to start."
The former Chelsea player added that he's made a decision to join a smaller club which other big name players have made in the past.
"Roberto Baggio, Giuseppe Signori and Marco Di Vaio are examples that at some point you can also look for new challenges.
"I feel a great responsibility, maybe an opportunity for me to improve myself as a person for the mistakes I have made off the field of play.
"I made errors, but I have always taken the responsibility to start again. I just ask the fans to stay close to us, to not put us under too much pressure, but to help us in the championship."
The ex-Inter player has had a controversial career and has twice been banned for drug offences.
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