William Gallas’s agent has dismissed reports of a rift between his client and Chelsea and claims the defender will returnt to training within the next two days.

The French international asked to leave Stamford Bridge earlier in the summer and has been linked with a move to Milan, but coach Jose Mourinho has refused to countenance the player’s sale.

The club revealed yesterday that Gallas could face disciplinary action for failing to appear for Chelsea’s pre-season tour of America.

But Gallas’ agent Pierre Frelot now claims the player had a valid reason for the not turning up.

“William Gallas took a few more days off because he was exhausted after the World Cup,” he told Sky Sports News in a statement.

“He has been staying with his family in Guadeloupe and will be back in training tomorrow or Friday.”