It has been some 11 years since William Gallas left Chelsea for Arsenal, and the defender departed Stamford Bridge on a somewhat sour note after reports claimed the Frenchman was threatening to score own goals if he was not allowed to leave the Blues.
Speaking on Soccer AM this morning, Gallas said: “That was not true. What I said to the club was that I like to play with my heart.
“When I play for the club, I give 100%. We were negotiating my contract, and they didn’t want to give me what I wanted – so I said to them I want to leave.
“It was a difficult decision because they gave me everything. Jose Mourinho put me at the highest level and I was one of the best defenders. It was very hard.”
Gallas went onto add that his relationship with the club remains positive despite the manner of his exit.
“The last time I was at Stamford Bridge was when I was working for French TV. I saw the chairman [Roman Abramovich], John Terry, I was in the dressing room with them and we took some pictures and I spoke with the players – we don’t have a problem.”