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Alarm bells sounding for Everton

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By ESPN Staff

Mourinho: No takers for wantaway Gallas

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho is willing to work with William Gallas again and revealed that no club has yet tabled a bid for the defender.

Mourinho accused the France international of showing a lack of respect after failing to report for pre-season training in Los Angeles.

The 28-year-old Gallas has one year left on his contract but, while Mourinho hinted he would be willing to let him go if the right offer came along, he has not ruled out a reconciliation.

The former Porto manager said: 'He should have come in the same day as Michael Ballack and Mikel John Obi and he didn't.

'He will train in London with a personal trainer until we arrive back and on Monday he will join the group.'

He added: 'What hard line? We've had no offers for him. We negotiated a player - (Andriy) Shevchenko - with Milan and they never wanted to involve William Gallas in the deal, never mentioned him. We've had no offers so William Gallas remains a Chelsea player.

'What he did was a lack of respect to the family. But in families, sometimes, people make mistakes and you have to be able to solve the problem the best you can.

'So until we get an offer he remains a Chelsea player and from Monday he will work with us.

'He is a Chelsea player because we have had no offers. You can tell me everyone - Barcelona, Real Madrid, Milan or Inter - wants him but the fact is we have no offers. That is the pure truth.

'We have not even had a bad offer but if we have a good offer we can think about it.

'We haven't had an offer to refuse so he is a Chelsea player.'

Hernan Crespo's future at the club also appears uncertain but Mourinho insists there is still a strong bond among the Chelsea squad.

'The family is fantastic,' he continued. 'For me the players out on that training pitch is the family.

'When other people join the family then that is another story. For me what is happening is the people out here. I don't really want to speak about people who are not here.

'Crespo is another situation we all have to solve together. He started the situation by saying publicly 20 times last season he would like to go back to Italy. I think he has to end the situation he started. And again we've had offers - neither good or bad.

'So again he remains a Chelsea player and we have him under contract and we are in control, as we are of all players who are under contract with us.'

Mourinho still hopes to bring Arsenal and England full-back Ashley Cole to the club and added: 'If people make mistakes in the past, they are not making them this season.

'The approach was made in a more than fair way. Arsenal know we are interested.

'We know that the player belongs to Arsenal. We know they have the power to decide. They know we made an offer, and if they accept we can negotiate with the player, we will try to bring the player to us, but if they don't accept we won't approach the player - and it is over. So I think everything is clear. It is not like what appears to be happening with Gallas - no ghost clubs or ghost offers.

'Everything is very clear but if they don't accept it is in your power to do decide that.

'I'm happy with the progression of Wayne Bridge - he's coming back to his true level. And Paulo [Ferreira] can play there if needs be.'