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Reyes wants to leave (again).

46 comments July 30th, 2006

Don’t pretend you’re surprised. The famously wantaway Spaniard has practically pleaded with Real Madrid to end his hellish existence as an extremely well played star at one of Europe’s top clubs on several occasions, normally on national radio. Today his comments emerge in a newspaper, though I’m not sure yet exactly which it is. I’m guessing The News of the World.

Jose says:

“I’ve always said I want to return to Spain. It’s nothing against Arsenal. It’s a great club that has helped me a lot and the fans have given me their love. But they know I have never adapted to life in England. Neither the climate nor the language has come easy.”

Nor the football. Despite showing glimpses of the form which earned him rave reviews at Sevilla, he has been prone to injury and inconsistency. This, allied to his obvious unhappiness in England, combined with Arsene’s interest in other attacking players, is what led me to believe that Reyes might be for sale.

Since then, the Spanish press have claimed that we’ve touted him around Madrid and Barca, with Real the most likely to bite at around £14m. The versatile Julio Baptista’s name of course continues to crop up, but then when was the last time a swap deal actually happened?

If Reyes were to leave, we’d still have Rosicky, Hleb, Ljungberg, and Clichy all available to play on the left-hand side of midfield. It’s clear he will never settle in England, and in the midst of yet another summer of transition, it may be best to get all the “transitioning” over as soon as possible.

Elsewhere, another former Arsenal target, Marcos Senna, looks set to join Michael Carrick at Manchester United.

Enjoy your Sundays. I won’t, I’m busy.

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