William Gallas, the defender who last week left Chelsea to join Arsenal, will not be missed by the Premiership champions, according to their coach Jose Mourinho.
French international Gallas joined Arsenal last week in part exchange for England full-back Ashley Cole, but his arrival at the Emirates stadium was greeted by a public rebuke from his former employers.
Chelsea alleged that Gallas had threatened to get himself sent off or score own goals if he was picked.
Gallas, who had been looking for a move away from Chelsea for a number of months, responded by accusing the Premiership champions of “lacking class”.
“I don’t want to speak about William Gallas,” Mourinho said.
“I don’t want to speak about former players and William Gallas is now a former Chelsea player.
“For me, this deal was always about bringing Ashley to the club. Since the season started I never had William Gallas so I cannot even say that this deal lost Chelsea a player. I never had him – he was never a player for us this year.”
One encouraging feature of the Gallas-Cole deal has been the improvement in the relationship between the two London clubs.
“The good thing was how Chelsea and Arsenal behaved in negotiating the deal in the last two months,” Mourinho added.
“Everything was very correct: Chelsea fought for the player and Arsenal fought for the best deal for a very important player. I am very happy with that.
“I have no problem with Arsenal. I cannot wish them good luck because we have the same objective as them, which is to win the Premiership. I want us to have all the luck so for that reason I cannot wish any for them. But as far as I am concerned the relationship is positive now.”