Reyes pleads not to play
By Graeme Bailey
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Jose Antonio Reyes says he does not want to play against Dinamo Zagreb next week.
Jose Antonio Reyes has admitted he does not want to play in Arsenal's UEFA Champions League qualifying clash with Dinamo Zagreb as it could jeopardise a possible move to Real Madrid.
Should Reyes feature for The Gunners then he would be cup-tied, making him less attractive to Real.
Reyes has never hidden his desire to leave the club because he is homesick for Spain, despite the fact he only signed a new long-term contract last season.
Real have a strong interest and Reyes is now determined to secure his move to El Santiago Bernabeu.
"He [Arsene Wenger] has not said anything to me, and I do not know if I am going to play or not," he told Marca.
"I hope not and that everything can be solved before. It is clear that if I play the move to Madrid would be complicated.
"But if I must play, I will play."
Reyes says his agent is continuing talks with the hope of landing a move to Madrid.
"The subject is being taking care of by Mariano Aguilar, she is speaking with the clubs and has my full confidence," he continued.
"I cannot deny I am a little anxious, I know people want me [to stay in England] but I cannot adapt to this life.
"I miss Spain and I have a unique opportunity to return with Real Madrid. Everybody must understand that I cannot let an opportunity like this pass - Madrid is unique."