Jose Antonio Reyes has increased the speculation surrounding his future, by admitting tthat he would likle to join Real Madrid, after falling victim to a radio hoax.
The Spaniard was told he was talking to Real Madrid sporting director Emilio Butragueno when he allegedly described his team-mates at Arsenal as “bad people”.
“I wish I was playing for Real Madrid,” the 21-year-old told Cadena Cope.
“Hopefully it could happen. I love the way Madrid play. I’m not happy with the way things are.”
The striker joined Arsenal from Seville for £17m at the start of 2004, but it has been reported that he is homesick and yearns to return to Spain.
“If I’m not (playing for Real) I’m going to have to carry on playing with some bad people,” he added.
“I’m sure there are none in the Real dressing room.
“I’m happy Madrid is interested in me because it has always been my dream since I was little to play there.”
After Reyes learned he had been hoaxed, he spoke to Arsène Wenger to apologise for his remarks,. The player subsequently Reyes dismissed reports linking him with a move to Madrid.
“I have seen the stories in the media linking me with Real Madrid,” he had said on Thursday lunchtime.
“But not only am I under contract at Arsenal, I am happy here and committed to helping the team win more trophies.”
Butragueno, meanwhile, was angry at being impersonated by the radio disc jockey.
“It is a disgrace, there is no foundation to this,” he said.
“He is an Arsenal player and we have to be respectful. We have to be careful because of the rumours that appear in the news.”