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.”