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Chelsea to make Gallas statement today

Chelsea are due to make a statement later today (Tuesday) following reports that William Gallas has failed to report for the club’s pre-season training camp in Los Angeles.

The French international has been linked with a move away from Stamford Bridge after suggesting that he wanted to leave in May. He has one year left on his current deal and would be free to talk to other clubs in January 2007. Chelsea have offered Gallas a new four-year contract and have stated that they are not willing to sell the versatile defender, who has made over 200 appearances for the club since his arrival from Marseilles in 2001.

UPDATE 17.30 BST: Chelsea FC will make a statement on the William Gallas ‘situation’ at 18.30 on Chelsea TV, which will be published on the official club website soon afterwards.

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