William Gallas was a top class player who retired underwhelmingly
William Gallas went from performing with the French outfits Caen and Marseille to being signed by the Premier League side Chelsea for a transfer fee in the region of £6m back in 2001.
Claudio Raineri was the manager of Chelsea during that year and the Italian manager decided to partner him up with John Terry as well as Marcel Desailly as the main defensive figures for Chelsea in that period of time.
It was when he performed with Chelsea that William Gallas started to make a name for himself as the French defender was called up and given the chance to perform for his national team and performed with his French side for the 2003 FIFA Confederations Cup as well as for the 2004 Euro’s.
Things were also going successfully for Gallas with Chelsea as he was a key figure for the Premier League club and this was clear to see as the English club won successive league titles with Gallas and John Terry being the heart of the defense during these title winning seasons which went from the season of 2004-05 until 2005-06.
Jose Mourinho was the manager during these seasons and the Portuguese had nothing but praise to say concerning William Gallas as the highly rated manager talked about Gallas during an interview.
“Fantastic player. He’s the kind of player that when you have him in your squad, instead of having 22, you have 24 or 25. He plays right-back, left-back, central defender on the right and on the left. I don’t remember a William mistake; I just remember his untouchable performances.” Former Chelsea manager, Jose Mourinho said.
When William Galla’s contract with Chelsea ran out, the French defender joined Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur before eventually going out to retire with Perth Glory but his time spent with these clubs wasn’t as enthralling or prosperous when compared to when he performed in Stamford Bridge.
After having made 15 appearances in 1 season for Perth Glory but his retirement arrived in a rather disappointing fashion as the French defender just didn’t appear to be the player that he was back with Chelsea and he will always be remembered by the disastrous mistake that he made during a match of Perth Glory against Western Sydney Wanderers which was played on February 22nd of 2014 and his mistake allowed the opposing team on scoring a goal which helped their opponents in securing a 2-0 victory.