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Gallas hopes to extend Spurs deal

Tottenham defender William Gallas has revealed that he hopes to remain at White Hart Lane beyond the end of his current deal.

Gallas' contract with the club ends in the summer but he will be offered a one-year extension if he makes 30 appearances this season.

Having already turned out 27 times for Spurs, the Frenchman looks set to be handed a new deal and he after Tottenham secured a place in the last eight of the Champions League with a 0-0 draw with AC Milan, he expressed his happiness with life at White Hart Lane.

"Will I be here next season? Maybe, nobody can know about the future," Gallas said. "But I'm happy to be here, we'll try to see if I can stay here for next season.''

Gallas was criticised by Arsenal fans for leaving Emirates Stadium for bitter rivals Spurs last summer and Tottenham fans were also sceptical about their club signing a former Gunner.

But the Frenchman has gone on to become a key part of the Tottenham team that has challenged for domestic and European honours this term, forming a strong partnership with Michael Dawson at the heart of Spurs' defence.

"When I signed, I just wanted to play football and show who I am,'' Gallas said. "Everybody judged me because I didn't have a good World Cup and I was criticised because I was injured last year.

"If I left Arsenal, it was for some reason. I won't say why now. The most important (thing) for me was to stay in London for my family and to play in the Champions League - Tottenham gave me that opportunity.''

After seeing Barcelona knock out Arsenal with a football master class at the Nou Camp on Tuesday night, Gallas admits his side will struggle to make it to Wembley if they are paired with the Catalan giants in next week's draw.

"I won't say we want to play against a small team - but we don't want to play against Barcelona,'' he said. "They are the best team in the world.''


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