Wenger warns Real over Reyes
By Mark Kendall
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Arsene Wenger has told Real Madrid to forget about signing Jose Antonio Reyes.Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has told Real Madrid to forget about any plans they might have to sign Jose Antonio Reyes this summer.
The Spanish titans have been linked with a move for Reyes over the past couple of months following his admission on a Spanish radio hoax that he would relish a switch to the Santiago Bernabeu.
The 21-year-old is reported to have suffered with homesickness and, after failing to produce his best form for long periods of the campaign, talk of a rapid return to Spain surfaced.
Real have made positive noises over the possible move for the Spain international and Wenger had seemed to have opened the door to a possible move by pressing Real to submit a bid if their interest was indeed serious.
However, The Gunners supremo has now insisted he has no desire to offload Reyes and is confident the youngster will still be at Highbury come next season.
"If Real Madrid wanted to buy him, they could have bought him a year ago," he told The Evening Standard. "They can forget it.
"I am not aware of Real Madrid getting in touch about Jose and I want to keep him here.
"In my heart of hearts, I think he will be here next season.
"My determination to keep Jose here is great. I have said many times that I do not buy a player of his age to sell him one year later."
"It takes you two years to feel completely at home. Jose is improving as a player and he is getting better and better with every game.
"It would be a shame if he went now and it would be the wrong decision. I think he will stay."
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