Atlético Madrid have confirmed that José Antonio Reyes has rejected a move to Galatasaray and will be staying at the Vicente Calderón next season.
In a statement released on the club’s official website, Atlético confirmed that Galatasaray had made a bid for Reyes, Diego Forlán and Tomas Ujfalusi.
Today, Atleti revealed that Reyes held a meeting with his agent, Mariano Aguilar, and Atlético’s new sporting director Jose Luis Perez Caminero.
“All parties have agreed to decline the offer from Galatasaray, and the player will form part of Atlético Madrid’s first team next season,” read the official statement.
Tomas Ujfalusi however, went on to sign for the Turks, who finished a disappointing 8th in the league last season.
“The club gave the Czech defender freedom to negotiate his contract with Galatasaray as long as the economic conditions were those required by Atlético Madrid,” the club confirmed.
There was no further mention in the statement of Diego Forlán, and it remains to be seen if the Uruguayan has held talks with the Turkish club.
UPDATE: Reyes himself took to Twitter to explain what went down. He wrote:
“I’ve told Caminero that it’s very difficult for me to move from here. I’m happy. After the final in Barcelona I understood what this club is. I’m staying! Aupa Atleti!”