Transfer news: William Gallas had hoped to return to France over the summer

William Gallas: Has left Europe to link up with Perth Glory

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William Gallas had contact with Crystal Palace over the summer, had hoped to return to France, but ended up in Australia.

The veteran defender has linked up with A-League outfit Perth Glory on a short-term contract.

He is now 36 years of age, but believes he is still capable of doing a job at the top level.

Gallas was looking to put his experience to good use at a Ligue 1 outfit, with Marseille, Lyon and Nice all expressing an interest.

Palace were also keen on keeping the former Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur centre-half in the Premier League, but no deal was agreed.

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.

"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."

William Gallas

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."