Stuart McCall has scotched rumours of a rift between Willy Topp and City.

The Chilean striker, currently in South America, is due to fly back to England at the end of the week in time for the start of pre-season.

But internet speculation claimed Topp was reluctant to return because he was worried about his future at the club.

McCall insists any such talk is rubbish and fully expects to see the 22-year-old back among the Valley Parade ranks when training kicks off next Tuesday.

McCall said: “I don’t know where that has come from. I can’t see any reason for Billy to be unhappy.

“He’s due back on the 27th and his flights are booked. I don’t need to speak to him.

“I’ve not had any contact with him since he’s gone but I wouldn’t expect to. It’s the same with all the lads.

“Billy had his op before he left and has done his rehab. He’ll come back fine and I don’t see a problem at all.”

Joint-chairman Mark Lawn said: “We’ve just been informed that Billy has got a new agent and this has been blown out of proportion as these rumours usually are.”

City signed Topp for £35,000 in December after a convoluted transfer saga – the first player they had paid a fee for since 2001. But the tricky frontman’s debut season in England was hampered by a calf problem which caused him to cramp up during games.

He made six starts – but did not last the full 90 minutes in any – and came off the bench five times.

Topp, who failed to score, underwent bi-lateral calf surgery in April to repair the muscles behind both legs which City are confident will resolve the cramp issue. Before flying home, Topp admitted it had been a tough start for him and he was looking ahead to doing himself justice in the new campaign.

“It was hard for me to adapt at first,” he said. “I was waiting all the time to sign for the club and then you have to get used to the game here.

“There is too much running in England, unlike Chile, and you have to adapt to the different pitches.

“But now I am relaxed about it and feel great after the operation. I will come back here very fit and not worry.

“Last season is finished and I don’t want to remember that now. The gaffer and Jakes (Wayne Jacobs) have said that next year is important for me and I know it will be better.

“It’s good for me to be here for pre-season and with the whole team from the first day. I know I am a good player and next season I will show that and play better.”

Topp’s contract runs until next summer and City have the option to extend it for another year after that.