On the first day of the new year, AS comes with disappointing news.
The newspaper reports Reyes has informed them that he has asked Simeone to allow him to leave for Sevilla.
Reyes gave his reasons in an interview with Javier G. Matalllanas.
Have you decided to leave Atlético?
Yes. I’ve spoken with Diego Simeone to ask him to let me leave to Sevilla.
But your new coach counts on you.
That’s right, but I’ve already made my decision. I have to be honest to Atlético, because my mind is already elsewhere.
Why do you want to leave Atlético?
Because Sevilla have given me the chance to return home. It’s an option that might not be available in the future and I want to take the opportunity. I think it’s the best for my career and now is the time to make this move.
Aren’t you feeling well at Atlético?
I’m very happy. It’s a fantastic club and I am very appreciated by the fans and the people who work at the club. They have treated me fantastically. But I left Sevilla when I was very young and I think this is the time to return home, because that’s best for my family.
What about your family?
A couple weeks ago my father underwent surgery. It’s best for me to return to my hometown and Sevilla has given me the opportunity. I always wanted to come back and they have an ambitious project at the club.
Your relationship with Atlético supporters has had its ups and downs. How do you think they’ll feel after your departure?
When I first arrived I was received in a bad way because of my history with [Real] Madrid. My first period at Atlético was difficult. But when I left Arsenal, the only possibility was Madrid. There I had a good experience and we won the league. When the possibility of signing for Atlético then arose, I didn’t hesitate. When I first arrived [the fans] insulted me, but later everything changed.
And now they will be mad at you again.
I understand that many will be angry, but I can’t waste this opportunity to go home to Sevilla. I’ll always carry Atlético and the fans in my heart. I enjoyed wearing the red and white and we won two titles. I’ll never forget what it is like playing in the Vicente Calderón and being champions with Atleti.
I ask the fans to understand, and I wish them all the best because Atlético is so important to them.
Have your problems with Manzano influenced your decision?
No. Manzano did what was best for the team and I respect that. These things happen in football, I understood that the coach preferred other players over me. All players want to play, but we respect the decision of the coach. I’m not leaving because of that. Let me stress that I’m leaving because I might not have this opportunity to return to Sevilla again.
What do you expect of your return to Sevilla?
When the deal is closed, I’ll speak about that. But I’m very excited and grateful for the understanding of Simeone. And I hope the fans of Atlético will understand.