“I never thought about hanging up by boots. I felt I could do another year at the same level in a team where I wouldn’t be under any pressure.

Gallas is now looking forward to taking on a new challenge and hopes to prove a point to those who chose to overlook him when he left White Hart Lane as a free agent.

He told L’Equipe: “Australia? It is a new experience in a league that is developing. I wanted to discover something new after 19 years in Europe.

“Crystal Palace? A lot of things were rumoured. I had a few contacts, but not as many as were rumoured. Anyway, it was the right time to start something new.

“I never thought about hanging up by boots. I felt I could do another year at the same level in a team where I wouldn’t be under any pressure.

“If I stayed in Europe, I would have liked to join a club to be a substitute.

“For example at Marseille, I would have been happy to do that. I told their officials. I didn’t want big wages. I would have been there to help the young players and play when needed. I would have loved to end my career at Marseille.

“Why didn’t it happen? You will have to ask them. There was no money issue. I just wanted to take in a final year in France. You can’t be scared of 36 year old players.

“Did I talk with other Ligue 1 clubs? Two or three Marseille, Lyon and Nice. But they didn’t feel the same as me, so there is no problem.

“I’m in Australia for six months but I could stay longer. We will see how it goes. We will take stock of things on a sporting level. I haven’t come here for a holiday.”Articles Connexes´╝Ü

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