Former Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham defender William Gallas has announced his decision to retire from football.
The 37-year-old currently plies his trade in Australia with Perth Glory, and confirmed his intention to call it a day on L’Equipe 21 yesterday. He said: “It is not an easy thing to announce. You always tell yourself that you can keep going, but, I think today I cannot go on any longer.”
Gallas joined Chelsea from Marseille in 2001, and helped the Blues win back-to-back Premier League titles in 2005 and 2006 under Jose Mourinho. He left Stamford Bridge in 2006 to join London rivals Arsenal before joining Tottenham on a free transfer whe, joining a small group of players to play for both north London clubs. He also became the first player to make senior first team appearances for Chelsea, Tottenham and Arsenal.
He also earned 84 caps for France during his career, and featured in the 2006 World Cup - where he helped Les Blues reach the final - and 2010 edition. Gallas also scored the controversial winner against Ireland in their 2009 World Cup play-off after Thierry Henry deliberately handled the ball.
The defender arrived at Chelsea before Roman Abramovich took over the club and transformed them into title contenders, and was a key part of Mourinho's team as they charged to Premier League glory. He was unable to help Arsenal end their trophy drought during his time at the Emirates Stadium, but was on board to help out Tottenham in their one and only Champions League campaign to date.
He left White Hart Lane in 2013 and signed a one year contract in October with A-League side Perth Glory.