Drugs cheat ? ex Chelsea star Adrian Mutu
The infant was miraculously rescued after he was cut was from the pipe by frantic emergency in Jinhua, in China?s eastern province of Zhejiang.
The incredible story of the youngster ? dubbed baby 59 ? quickly spread worldwide after amazing footage showed medics and firefighters desperately trying take apart the 10cm diameter with pliers and saws.
Now cheat Mutu, who joined Chelsea for ?15.8million in 2003 before being kicked out of the club when he failed a drugs test, has told Romanian channel ProTV: ?I intend to adopt this baby.?
The dad-of-three said he had discussed the plan with his wife Consuelo and plan to make an approach to the baby?s parents if a legal agreement could be found
However the striker, who now plays for AC Ajaccio in Corsica, could face difficulties as Romania is not currently on the list of 17 countries whose citizens can adopt from China.
Mutu, 34, said: ?I couldn?t figure out how to carry on living, how to eat my breakfast when I saw this story on TV. He?s a special child. When I saw the baby I said, ?I must adopt him, he has been sent to me by God.?
?Just look at this poor little fellow. He made such a strong impression on me. I told my wife we have to help him, we have to do everything we can.
?I never thought I would adopt a baby, I had no plan concerning that, but I just know: I have to help this one.?
State media said the baby, identified only by the number of his hospital incubator, had a low heart rate when he was admitted and had suffered cuts and bruising, but was now in stable condition.
The mum of the baby cut free from a sewage pipe has told of her deep regret ? but insisted she did not flush him down a toilet deliberately.
The tiny boy was released from hospital this morning into the care of his grandparents.
The 22-year-old woman told cops she gave birth unexpectedly after rushing to the loo with stomach pains.
She said the 5lb lad then fell into the filthy, 4in-wide pipe as she tried to stem her blood flow.
The unmarried mum had been trying to have the child in secret because she could not afford an abortion, police revealed.
Cops also revealed they have tracked down a man believed to be the baby?s father ? but he has requested a paternity test.
In September 2004, Mutu failed a drugs test for cocaine and was released on 29 October 2004. He also received a seven-month ban and a ?20,000 fine from the FA.