Arsenal forward Jose Antonio Reyes has denied reports that he wants to return to Spain.

The 22-year-old Spanish international reportedly said he was 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.”

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

He told a Spanish radio presenter – who Reyes thought was Real’s sporting director Emilio Butragueno – that he would he was unhappy at Arsenal and would like to join the club.

But Reyes then signed a new six-year contract at Arsenal in July 2005.