Jose Antonio Reyes admits he wanted to stay at Sevilla beyond his current contract and leaves ‘tearfully’ for the second time.
It was confirmed by the club on Wednesday that the captain’s contract would not be renewed and in a message posted on Instagram, Reyes compared this looming departure to his first exit, when he was sold to Arsenal in 2004 for financial reasons.
“The first time I left I went tearfully but happy because my departure helped to financially stabilise my team. I knew it would and it did. Today my intention was to continue with this great family and finish my career in the same place it started,” he admitted, AS reports.
“Much to my regret I have no other choice but to leave again. I’ll return to tears and I want you to remember me as someone who fought to the end for our badge. Throughout my life this has been my team and I’ll take you in my heart wherever I go.
“Thanks to all the fans for their support. Without you I wouldn’t be what I am. I’m proud to have as captain lifted the trophy we so craved. My family will always be Sevilla.”