Spurs decision wasn’t simple – Gallas

Gallas became the most high-profile player to cross the north
London divide since Sol Campbell on Sunday when he signed a
one-year contract at Spurs. The controversial move is bound to go
down badly with a number of Arsenal supporters – and perhaps even
some fans of the team he has joined. “It was not an easy decision
but I’m here now and I will give my best,” France defender Gallas
told his new club’s official website. “What is most important to me
is to play games and to give everything.” The 33-year-old
immediately attempted to win the doubters over by claiming he
believes he has joined a club capable of winning the Premier League
this season. “Finishing fourth last season shows Spurs have
improved a lot and I hope this season we are going to finish even
higher, maybe even win the Premier League,” he added. “We just have
to believe in ourselves. We have got young players with great
quality. “They just have to believe in their capacity to do
something and I hope we can achieve this.” Tottenham manager Harry
Redknapp revealed on Friday he had been in talks with Gallas for
some weeks, and it appears the versatile defender did need to be
convinced to move directly from Spurs’ arch-rivals after becoming a
free agent this summer. He refused to accept a pay cut with the
Gunners and arrives with plenty more baggage from his time at the
Emirates and Chelsea beforehand. But any fears Gallas may have had
over what is another controversial career move were not enough to
prevent the two-time Premier League winner signing on. Speaking
after training with his new team-mates, he said: “The atmosphere is
great here. “I like that and I’m just looking forward to playing as
soon as possible and winning some games.” Gallas, who is at least
two weeks away from being match ready, added: “I just want to be
fit as soon as possible, train with my team-mates and play matches.
I want to show everybody I am still here.” Gallas will miss
Wednesday night’s must-win Champions League clash with Young Boys
but will feature if Tottenham overturn a 3-2 play-off round deficit
and progress to the group stage. “Spurs are ready for the Champions
League, even though they lost the first game,” said Gallas, who has
played in Europe’s premier club competition for the past seven
seasons. “I have seen the game and the team showed character to
come back (from 3-0 down). “I am confident we will win that game on
Wednesday because all the players know it is very important to play
in the Champions League. “I have played many games in the Champions
League. It is the best level to play at as you are up against the
biggest teams and you can show how good you are. “The atmosphere is
so great. When you hear the music, you just want to get on the
pitch and battle for 90 minutes, and it would be good for Spurs.”