Reyes looks for move home
Atletico Madrid striker Jose Antonio Reyes has confirmed he has asked coach Diego Simeone to push through his transfer to Sevilla.
The Argentine coach, a new arrival at Vicente Calderon, had spoken of his wish to keep the Spaniard in the capital, and tried to persuade him to stay, but Reyes said his mind is already made up.
“I’ve spoken to Diego Simeone to ask him to facilitate my move to Sevilla,” the 28-year-old told AS.
“(He did talk to me) but I had already decided to go. I have to be honest with Atletico because my head is elsewhere.”
“Sevilla give me the opportunity to go home,” said the forward, who was born in Utrera, near the Andalusian capital, and played for the club previously between 2000 and 2004.
“It’s an opportunity on the table that might not come around again and I want to take it. I think it’s the best thing for my career and this is the right moment to make the move.”
The former Arsenal man was keen to point out he is not leaving Atletico on bad terms, and took a moment to thank the club and supporters.
“It’s a fantastic club and I am very grateful to the fans, to all the staff and the owners, who have treated me wonderfully,” he said.
“But I left Sevilla when I was very young and I think that this is the moment to return home because it is also the best thing for my family.”
“My father had an operation a few weeks ago and the best thing for everyone is to go back to Utrera. Sevilla are giving me that chance to go home and I cannot refuse.”
“I always wanted to return to Sevilla. It’s an exciting challenge for me to return to the club that made me a professional.”
“Sevilla are building a big sporting project.”
Sevilla are five points ahead of 10th-placed Atletico in the La Liga table, sitting in sixth position.