This looks hilarious

The transfer window was extended by 10 minutes to facilitate Ashley Cole’s  cash + William Gallas transfer. Now the Premiership champions are saying that Gallas was offloaded because of his lack of respect to the club and Mourinho.

Chelsea say Gallas threatened to score an own goal if selected against Manchester City or even worse, try and get sent off.

This is Chelsea’s official statement

“Chelsea believes it is important for our supporters to be made aware of the full facts regarding William Gallas and the lack of respect he showed to the fans, the manager and the club.Despite leaving he continues to attack Jose Mourinho and this cannot be left unchallenged. ‘Chelsea made William Gallas a very substantial and attractive new contract offer to stay towards the end of last season. This was rejected. ‘The issue was purely one of money, despite his public comments that he wanted a new challenge, to play abroad and so forth. These were just a smokescreen to cover up the fact he was hawking himself to the highest bidder. ‘Having failed to secure his demands, his position became increasingly intransigent and unacceptable. ‘He initially refused to play against Liverpool in the FA Cup semi-final last season in an effort to force an increased contract offer. ‘As is now well-documented he refused to join up with the team in Los Angeles during pre-season, despite agreeing the dates for his return as the other World Cup players did, with the club. ‘When Jose Mourinho generously offered him a way back into the ‘family’ after the American tour, this was thrown back in the Chelsea manager’s face. ‘The manager told him that, even if he did not agree a new contract but returned to the ‘family’ and abided by the rules, he would still select the best players available and would not punish him playing-wise. ‘However despite meetings to try to resolve the problems Gallas made it clear to Jose Mourinho he would never play for Chelsea again. ‘Before the first game of the season against Manchester City, when only four defenders were available and John Terry was doubtful with an injury, he refused to play. ‘He went on to threaten that if he was forced to play, or if he was disciplined and financially punished for his breach of the rules, that he could score an own goal or get himself sent off, or make deliberate mistakes. ‘Clearly this was a totally unacceptable situation for the manager, the team and the club. So a collectively-agreed solution in Chelsea’s interests had to be found, hence his departure. ‘Chelsea has a wage structure in place that is valued not only on the contribution of the player to the manager and the team, but also on a player’s respect for the club and contribution to the promotion and image of the club off the field. Every player is expected to play their part in this. ‘William Gallas rarely recognised these responsibilities. He also failed to recognise the role Jose Mourinho and Chelsea played in helping him become a double Premiership champion for a player whose only league title prior to that had been in the French Second Division.”

Gallas has  reporteddly  denied making the threat and has said that the Premiership champions lack class. He added that he would reveal his reason for quitting the Bridge at the appropriate time.

Now this clearly looks a case of mudslinging.2 parties who were pretty happy with each other not too long ago, are now behaving like enemies. To a neutral the situation does look a bit amusing. If Gallas had indeed scored an own goal, one wonders what would have happened. But if Gallas had not been unsettled, then it would have been highly unlikely that Ashley Cole would have left Ashburton Grove.

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