Atlético supporters worried about losing Jose Antonio Reyes can breathe a collective sigh of relief. For now.
While Spanish radio station COPE reported late Thursday evening that Atleti officials confirmed negotiations were underway with Galatasaray for the transfer of Reyes, Diego Forlan and Tomas Ujfalusi to the Turkish club, AS sheds more light on what actually went down.
Sources in Turkey initially claimed the Istanbul-based outfit’s president had met directly with Enrique Cerezo at the Vicente Calderon in an attempt to take the trio in one fell swoop.
However, according to AS, Galatasaray president Ünal Aysal, accompanied by a team that included Gala’s sporting director, met with Jose Luis Caminero at a restaurant in Madrid.
While our sporting director reportedly did not reject bids for Forlan and Ujfalusi, he did make it clear that Reyes was “untransferable”.
As for ‘la Rubia’ and Ujfa, Caminero said he would inform the players of Gala’s interest, though he clarified his intentions are to retain both for next season.
AS contacted Ujfalusi, who, in response to the reports of a possible move, told the Spanish paper:
“I’m in Italy on vacation and I don’t know anything about it. But, I’m very happy in Madrid and with Atlético fans.”