William Gallas praises Jose Mourinho

Former Chelsea and Arsenal defender William Gallas has praised Jose Mourinho by calling him as the best coach in the world.

The praise comes as a surprise for many given that it is widely perceived that Mourinho and Gallas did not get along well with each other. The Frenchman was allowed to join Arsenal in a swap deal involving Ashley Cole. Even though Gallas was a centre back by trade, Mourinho often used him at left back in order to partner Ricardo Carvalho and John Terry. However, Gallas enjoyed a remarkable spell at Chelsea and won several titles including the Premier League.

Gallas recently retired from football after seeing out his last years in the Australian A-League with Perth Glory. At 37 years of age, the Frenchman can be happy at having represented the likes of Chelsea, Arsenal, and Tottenham from a period between 2001 and 2013. He left Chelsea in 2006 just two years after the arrival of Mourinho. Gallas has revealed that he would have liked to have played for two more years under Mourinho. Since departing Chelsea, Gallas failed to win any title with Tottenham or Arsenal. Mourinho has been receiving a lot of plaudits at a time when Chelsea appear running away with the league title due to their six-point advantage over Manchester City.

"He is the number one manager in the world. He allowed me to reach the level I wanted. He's a perfectionist. I would have liked to stay with him for more than 2 years. When he was manager I enjoyed every training session. The quality of training was incredible,” said Gallas. Apart from winning the two back-to-back league titles in the 2004-05 and 2005-06 seasons, the Frenchman also won titles like the League Cup and the FA Community Shield. At international level, he finished as the World Cup runners-up in 2006.