Chelsea claim unhappy French defender William Gallas sensationally threatened
to score an own goal and refused to play for the club before he was sold to
Arsenal as part of the deal which took Ashley Cole to Stamford Bridge.

The Premiership champions took the unprecedented step of issuing a
statement to inform their fans about the lack of respect the defender showed the
club in a bid to get a move away from Chelsea.

The statement revealed how he initially refused to play against Liverpool in
last season’s FA Cup semi-final and how, if selected to play against Manchester
City in the first game of this season, he threatened to score an own goal, get
sent off or make deliberate mistakes.

The club statement read: ‘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.

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