In the latest issue of Hotspur magazine, William Gallas speaks on the big decision he had to make when agreeing to join Spurs last summer.
Without a club after leaving Arsenal, 33-years-old and coming off the back of an unsuccessful World Cup with France, many thought we had seen the last of the defender at the top level.
However, Harry Redknapp wanted his man, and William was convinced his playing days were far from numbered – although there were, as the former Marseille man reveals, considerations to be made by both parties.
But having played 36 games in his maiden Spurs campaign, captaining the side on a number of occasions and being rewarded with a new contract at the Club in March, any doubts have quickly been consigned to the past.
William tells Hotspur, “Did I consider retirement? No. I wanted to play…there was no way that I would give up. I felt fine and knew I could play on.
“I then met up with Harry Redknapp and we had a chat about the possibilities. An added aspect on my shoulders was the fact that I had played for Chelsea and Arsenal and I appreciate that it was not easy for him either.
“One consideration was how the fans would react. Maybe some people would not want to see me play for Spurs but I told Harry that I just wanted to play and that he would not be disappointed. In the end it was OK and I think I passed my test but before that you couldn’t be sure how it would go.
“The proof came with my new contract because that showed I had a good season. Now I want to build on that because every new season is an important one.”
So William is now looking to a future at the Lane, and believes a little more consistency could take this squad of players a long way.
With two Premier League winners’ medals to his name – he would know!
“This team can do a lot of things. This team can win a trophy, I’m certain of that, but we have to learn from our experiences.
“Maybe we haven’t been as consistent as we should be and that’s got to change. If we want to be champions, if we want to qualify for the Champions League, if we want to win the Premier League then we have to be relentless.
“I’ve been fortunate to have won trophies and I know what it takes. You have to go out there, raise yourself for every game, and be prepared to suffer - but just make sure you get the three points.”
Read the full interview in the June issue of Hotspur, out now.
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