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Last Updated: Thursday, 17 August 2006, 11:02 GMT 12:02 UK
Gallas still wants Chelsea exit
William Gallas
Gallas has one year left on his current Chelsea contract
French defender William Gallas has reiterated his desire to leave Premiership champions Chelsea.

Gallas, 28, was speaking after scoring in his country's 2-1 win over Bosnia-Herzegovina on Wednesday.

He told French publication L'Equipe: "I still want to leave Chelsea. I hope things will get sorted out fast but it does not prevent me from playing.

"Do I feel things are dragging on? Yes and no. My team-mates help me feel fine during training."

Gallas missed the club's tour of the United States and was left out of the squad for Sunday's Community Shield defeat by Liverpool.

Chelsea chairman Bruce Buck recently told BBC Radio Five Live Sport: "We're not interested in transferring him to a Premier League club or another club in Europe.

"He has one year on his contract and we expect him to fulfil that."

Gallas has one year left on his current Chelsea contract and is thought to be unhappy with the new terms he has been offered at Stamford Bridge.

Despite Gallas' failure to turn up to pre-season training in the United States, manager Jose Mourinho has said he has forgiven the Frenchman.

"It is important for me that he is now behaving very well," said Mourinho.

"He trained well with the reserves and he is doing some work individually with Claude Makelele and the fitness coach, so he is being very professional.

"That is what is most important for me - today and tomorrow is more important than yesterday."



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