Former Arsenal, Chelsea and Spurs star admits he didn’t get the summer move he wanted

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William Gallas has spoke of his decision to join Perth Glory this summer - admitting he would have preferred a move to Marseille.

William Gallas spent the last 12 years of his career playing in the Premier League - and specifically London.

First he joined Chelsea in 2001 from his beloved Marseille, but tired with playing left-back as well as not feeling appreciated at Stamford Bridge the French international left as part of a deal that saw Chelsea sign Ashley Cole in September 2006. You might remember that Gallas then had to deny allegations that he threatened to score own goals if he was not sold.

He remained with Arsenal, becoming their captain, and continuing his penchant for the controversial by sulking on the pitch after the infamous game against Birmingham City - where Eduardo da Silva had his leg broken by a horror Martin Taylor challenge.

Did we mention Gallas liked to be controversial? Well he left Arsenal for local rivals Tottenham Hotspur in 2010 on a free transfer, which proves my point.

After three years at Spurs, he clearly lost a yard of pace at the start of last season - and struggled throughout the campaign for the North London side.

So it was no surprise to see his contract not being renewed at the end of the season by Andre Villas-Boas.

Instead Gallas has signed for A-League side Perth Glory - joining Alessandro del Piero, Emile Heskey and Shinji Ono down under.

But while he is likely to be on a lucrative deal, it was not his first choice option, something he openly admitted today.

He would have rather stayed for one last year in Europe, preferably at Marseille:

"I spoke to two or three clubs [in France]; Marseille, Lyon and Nice. But they did not see it that way and then they have their reasons. No problem. I just wanted to have one last year in France. I felt that I could still do a year at another level or at the same level, but in a team where they would not put me under the same pressure. I do not want to claim a starting spot. And I told the [Marseille] leaders that I do not want a big salary..."

But Marseille likely saw some of his performances in the Europa League last term and said thanks but no thanks.

Instead it is the heat of the A-League - where he can rest his weary bones in a league of inferior quality and enjoy the sunshine.

Poor William.

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