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Last Updated: Tuesday, 1 August 2006, 07:59 GMT 08:59 UK
Reyes denies asking for Real move
Jose Antonio Reyes
Reyes was a member of Spain's World Cup squad
Arsenal forward Jose Antonio Reyes has distanced himself from reports that claimed he wants a move back to Spain.

The 22-year-old Spanish international was reported as saying he had not settled in England and was hoping to join Real Madrid.

But Reyes told Arsenal's website: "I don't know where these words have come from but what I would like to say is that I am very happy at Arsenal.

"I am excited about the new stadium and helping Arsenal challenge for honours."

Reyes had been quoted as saying: "I have always said I want a return to Spain. I have not adapted to life in England.

"If Real Madrid want me that is marvellous. It would be an honour to play for them. Let's see what happens."

"I have nothing against Arsenal, completely the opposite. It is a great club and they have helped me so much.

"The fans have given me so much support since I joined.

"But they know that I have not got used to the language or the weather."

It is not the first time that Reyes, a 10.5m signing from Sevilla in January 2004, has been linked with a move to his homeland with Real.

Reyes admitted he wanted to join Real at the start of 2005, when he fell victim to a radio hoax.

He told a Spanish radio presenter - who Reyes thought was Real's sporting director Emilio Butragueno - that he was keen on a move to the Bernabeu.

But the Spain international then signed a new six-year contract at Arsenal in July 2005.

He has made 110 appearances for the Gunners and scored 23 goals.



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