Ramos wants Reyes at Real
By Lucas Brown
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Sergio Ramos has encouraged Jose Antonio Reyes to join him at Real Madrid.
Sergio Ramos has encouraged Jose Antonio Reyes to join him at Real Madrid because the Arsenal forward would strengthen the Spanish club's squad.
The duo came up together through the ranks at Sevilla, before Reyes quit the Andalucian club in the summer of 2004 to move to Highbury in a deal worth é¼22 million.
However, rumours have persisted in the past 12 months that he has not settled in England and in the past few days Reyes has had to deny that he was desperate to move back to Spain.
Despite that, Madrid have stated openly that they need a left-sided attacking option and Ramos believes that his international team-mate would be a great asset.
"I think that we all know Reyes and know that he is a great player," he said on the club's official website.
"It would be great if he signed for us now.
"At the moment, he has not said anything and it is not known what will happen. Those are things that he will have to decide, but he would be a good addition to our team.
"I have only been here a short time, but I am thrilled. I can tell him about what a fine city it is and that not everyone is lucky enough to have the chance to sign for the best team in the world, because every player wants to play for Real Madrid."
Ramos appears to have impressed new Madrid coach Fabio Capello and is being groomed to line up alongside Fabio Cannavaro in the centre of defence next season.
The Italian coach has impressed and Ramos admits that he is willing to learn everything he can from the former Milan, Roma and Juventus boss.
"I am happy he is here, although I did not know him personally," Ramos explained.
"It is an honour to have him coaching the side and I hope I can learn a lot because he is a great trainer.
"He has already made it clear that the whole team has to work. Now we have to be a unit, both at the back and going forward."