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Last Updated: Thursday, 3 August 2006, 11:58 GMT 12:58 UK
Gallas camp set for Chelsea talks
By Mandeep Sanghera

Williams Gallas
Gallas' contract runs out in 2007 and he has not signed a new one
William Gallas' agent hopes to hold talks with Chelsea next week over the French defender's future.

The 28-year-old, who told the Blues he wanted to leave in May, failed to turn up for a pre-season American tour and was criticised by boss Jose Mourinho.

"I think we will meet the directors of Chelsea next week," Pierre Frelot told BBC Sport. "I think but don't know."

Asked about whether Gallas wanted to stay at Chelsea, he answered: "I don't want to comment on this question."

Gallas had asked for more time off after helping France to the recent World Cup final but had still been told to report to Los Angeles to join up with the Blues squad.

But he stayed away and, after seeing Michael Ballack take his number 13 shirt, has been accused by Mourinho of showing him and his team-mates a lack of respect.

"It's not only me that is upset - we're all upset," said Mourinho.

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho
Mourinho has had his pre-season plans shaken by Gallas

"Everybody is upset because we had a strong family and a strong group and this has shown a lack of respect to everybody and I don't like that."

But Frelot, who is set to speak to Chelsea to request a meeting, maintained: "He needed to have more rest because of the World Cup and that is the reason why he was away a bit longer."

Gallas has one year left on his current deal but has been offered a four-contract deal by Chelsea.

He could be forced to see out the remainder of his tenure in the reserves before moving on a free transfer next summer.

Frelot added: "The player will be back in London on Thursday and will be training on Friday.

"Maybe there was a bit of misunderstanding between both parties. That is the reason why we will have a meeting next week. It has not been set up."

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The issue of Gallas' shirt number being handed to summer signing Ballack has raised further doubts over the player's Stamford Bridge career and it appears he was not told about the decision.

Ballack had asked for the number 13 shirt during discussions over his move but was told it was unavailable because Gallas held it.

"That is another problem," said Frelot. "We are not officially informed of any change."

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