Reyes moves closer to Real Madrid transfer

August 15, 2006

Jose Antonio Reyes appears to be edging closer to a move from Arsenal to Real Madrid, describing the potential transfer as a 'dream that I have to realise'.

The 22-year-old Spain forward has struggled to settle since his move from Sevilla in 2004 and has been linked with a move to the Bernabeu this summer.

Gunners boss Arsene Wenger did not play Reyes in last week's Champions League tie against Dinamo Zagreb, allowing him to play in the competition for another club if he moves.

'My dream of wearing the Madrid shirt is growing ever nearer. It is hard to stay calm at a time like this,' said Reyes in The Independent.

'Madrid's offer cannot be turned down, for me it is a dream that I have to realise, and now all that is left is for the offer also to be good for Arsenal.

'The coach knows that I have had problems in adapting to the lifestyle in England. If agreement isn't reached, it will be bad for Arsenal and for me.'