Gallas likely to leave Tottenham this summer

William Gallas appears set to leave Tottenham Hotspur this summer as Andre Villas-Boas reduces the number of defenders in his squad, the Guardian has reported.

Villas-Boas took over at White Hart Lane last summer and quickly made clear his preference for having four centre-backs available, rather than the five – Gallas, Younes Kaboul, Jan Vertonghen, Steven Caulker and Michael Dawson – that he found at the club, with Vertonghen signed around the same time the Portuguese was appointed.

It appeared Dawson was to leave the club last summer, with Queens Park Rangers strongly linked to the England international, but the ex-Nottingham Forest player remained at Spurs and eventually forced his way back into Villas-Boas’ starting XI – to the point Villas-Boas admitted he was thankful Dawson did not in the end move on.

Gallas’ contract is due to expire this summer, however, and while Villas-Boas was non-committal over the chances of the former Arsenal and Chelsea central defender staying at the club, the Guardian believes Gallas’ time as a Tottenham player is coming to an end.

Villas-Boas said: “William has been a massive player for us this season…he’s a player we trust a lot. Whatever we decide regarding his future, we’ll have to wait and see, but we are aware of what a presence he’s been for us this season.

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