William Gallas admitted his defection to Tottenham Hotspur from Arsenal was not an easy decision but he vowed to give everything for his new club yesterday. 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 with Spurs. The controversial move is bound to go down badly with a number of Arsenal supporters - and perhaps just as many fans of the team he has joined.
"It was not an easy decision but I am here now and I will give my best," Gallas, the France international defender, 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."
Gallas will miss tomorrow night's must-win Champions League clash with Young Boys of Berne but will feature if Spurs overturn a 3-2 play-off first-leg 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." * Press Association