Reyes signs new Sevilla deal, turning his back on big-money offers elsewhere

Sevilla winger Jose Antonio Reyes is delighted with his new two-year deal at the Sanchez-Pizjuan.

Last week, the future of Jose Antonio Reyes at Sevilla remained in doubt, with his contract set to expire on 30th June. In addition, a very lucrative offer of €4.5 million per season, had arrived from Saudi Arabian club Al-Nassr.

However, the 31-year-old has spurned the riches on offer, after Sevilla officially announced that he has penned a new two-year contract at the Sanchez-Pizjuan.

After the news had been broken, and unable to contain his delight at the new agreement, Reyes explained: "I've had offers of a lot of money, but I've always said that right now the most important thing wasn't the money, but to carry on wearing the shirt of Sevilla."

Continuing, he enthused: "Wearing the Sevilla shirt was always fundamental for me, so I think it has been more about following my heart, than going for the money."

Home-grown and originally a product of the Sevilla youth system, Reyes made his breakthrough during the 1999-2000 season, aged just 16. From there, his versatility and talent gained swift recognition.

Eventually, that recognition inevitably lead to what at the time, was a very tough decision for Reyes to make, when he accepted a big-money move to Arsenal.

Despite many excellent performances for The Gunners, the winger eventually became unsettled and homesick, which ultimately lead to him being loaned to Real Madrid for the 2006-07 season in La Liga.

After winning the league title in Spain, it seemed likely Reyes would earn a permanent move to the Santiago Bernabeu, however, in July 2007 he signed a four-year deal with city rivals Atletico Madrid, thus completing his permanent departure from Arsenal.

It didn't prove to be a successful spell for Reyes with Atletico, and after just one season, he was again on the move, this time heading on loan for a successful season with Portuguese giants Benfica.

Upon his return to Atletico the following summer, Reyes was also joined by former Benfica manager, Quique Sanchez Flores, which sparked a significant improvement in his fortunes at the Vicente Calderon.

Reyes earned more silverware, collecting the Europa League title twice with Atletico, along with the UEFA Super Cup, but after Flores departed and with an abrasive relationship with new boss Manzano, the January 2012 transfer window saw him return home to Sevilla.

The rest as they say, is history, with Reyes proving a key part of the resurgence of Sevilla, collecting back to back Europa League triumphs under manager Unai Emery, making him the most successful player ever in the competition.

Already relishing the new challenges that at Sevilla, with his new contract until 2017, Reyes has declared: "Now I'm thinking about next season, which is going to be lovely. We're in the Champions League and it's going to be lovely playing in that."

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