'I am not immortal' confesses former Arsenal, Spurs and Chelsea defender

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With more than 300 Premier League appearances to his name, former Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham defender William Gallas reflects on why he quit English football.

William Gallas proved to be a Premier League rarity as he went on to play for all three of London's biggest clubs. And because of that, along the way he had to burn some bridges when moving on to pastures new.

Claudio Ranieri was the man who initially brought him to the Premier League for a relatively cheap £6.2million in 2001. He went on a staggering 159 Premier League games for Chelsea over a five year period, playing a major part in their two Premier League successes.

Despite winning all his silverware in England at Chelsea, it was the only Premier League club he played at which he didn't go on to captain.

Upon moving to Arsenal, there was certainly a case of bad blood between Gallas and Chelsea, who claimed the French international threatened to score own goals if he played for Chelsea again. A claim Gallas later went on to deny, accusing Chelsea of lacking class

Gallas went on to captain both Tottenham and Arsenal in the Premier League, playing in 160 league games between them. However, he never recorded another trophy in English football.

At the start of June 2013, the Premier League confirmed Tottenham had released William Gallas and four months later he was snapped up by Perth Glory.

Speaking to L'Equipe, the former Gunner confessed that another year in England may have been too much for him.

''I'm going on 37 years, I am not immortal,'' said Gallas.

''It was important for me to leave the high level at the right time. I do not think I could have done one more season in England.

''Today, what interests me is to play ball.''

He went on to speak of the lifestyle in Australia claiming that the pressure and the level suits him and for his immediate future he will learn more about the city he is living and possibly look to build a future there.

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