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Gallas happy to be jack of all trades

William Gallas

By Adrian Curtis
CHELSEA defender William Gallas has revealed he has finally come to terms with being Jose Mourinho’s man for all positions.

The Frenchman, who has been consistently linked with a move to Juventus, was thought to have been unhappy at not being able to play in his more accustomed role at the centre of the defence. But with Mourinho favouring his the pairing of captain John Terry and Ricardo Carvalho, Gallas has been forced to fill in at right and left-back as well as covering for any injuries to the first-choice duo.

Serie A pacesetters Juventus have conceded they are admirers of the 28-year-old and with talks over an extension to his existing contract due to begin in the summer, the former Marseille man has moved to allay fears that he will be moving on because he cannot play where he wants to.

Gallas, who scored the opening goal in Chelsea’s 2-0 victory over Liverpool on Sunday, said: "When I saw the ball into the net I went wild with joy.

"My friends even told me they had never seen me in such a state. At the moment I have so much fun, I get huge joy on the pitch wherever the coach plays me, even on the right or the left In November I shout, but now it is over, now I try to be positive.

"My big quality is to be able to play anywhere in defence, so let’s go for versatility. Both in the Chelsea or France team I am probably alone at being able to play anywhere in defence, and my coaches also appreciate me for that. So now I am living wonderful moments, I made the decision to appreciate them."

Chelsea were always on top against Rafael Benitez’s side in a game that was eventually overshadowed by the theatrical antics of Dutch winger Arjen Robben.

He was accused of ‘diving’ by Benitez when Liverpool goalkeeper Jose Reina pushed him in the face nine minutes from time.

Chelsea looked much more solid in the midfield thanks to the return of Ghana international Michael Essien who revealed he could have been a Liverpool player had it not been for work permit problems three years ago.

Essien, then with Corsican side Bastia, said: "It is true. I could have joined Liverpool when Gerrard Houllier was there. I went to see their training ground and to watch their games but obviously I didn’t go there."

 

Gallas happy to be jack of all trades

William Gallas

By Adrian Curtis
CHELSEA defender William Gallas has revealed he has finally come to terms with being Jose Mourinho’s man for all positions.

The Frenchman, who has been consistently linked with a move to Juventus, was thought to have been unhappy at not being able to play in his more accustomed role at the centre of the defence. But with Mourinho favouring his the pairing of captain John Terry and Ricardo Carvalho, Gallas has been forced to fill in at right and left-back as well as covering for any injuries to the first-choice duo.

Serie A pacesetters Juventus have conceded they are admirers of the 28-year-old and with talks over an extension to his existing contract due to begin in the summer, the former Marseille man has moved to allay fears that he will be moving on because he cannot play where he wants to.

Gallas, who scored the opening goal in Chelsea’s 2-0 victory over Liverpool on Sunday, said: "When I saw the ball into the net I went wild with joy.

"My friends even told me they had never seen me in such a state. At the moment I have so much fun, I get huge joy on the pitch wherever the coach plays me, even on the right or the left In November I shout, but now it is over, now I try to be positive.

"My big quality is to be able to play anywhere in defence, so let’s go for versatility. Both in the Chelsea or France team I am probably alone at being able to play anywhere in defence, and my coaches also appreciate me for that. So now I am living wonderful moments, I made the decision to appreciate them."

Chelsea were always on top against Rafael Benitez’s side in a game that was eventually overshadowed by the theatrical antics of Dutch winger Arjen Robben.

He was accused of ‘diving’ by Benitez when Liverpool goalkeeper Jose Reina pushed him in the face nine minutes from time.

Chelsea looked much more solid in the midfield thanks to the return of Ghana international Michael Essien who revealed he could have been a Liverpool player had it not been for work permit problems three years ago.

Essien, then with Corsican side Bastia, said: "It is true. I could have joined Liverpool when Gerrard Houllier was there. I went to see their training ground and to watch their games but obviously I didn’t go there."