Reyes enjoying Athletico life

Spanish forward happy after first start

Reyes: Happy

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Jose Antonio Reyes is enjoying life at Atletico Madrid after starting his first league game for the club at the weekend.

The former Arsenal and Real Madrid forward had been frustrated by a lack of first team action, but helped los Colchoneros to a 4-0 victory over Racing on Sunday.

"Against Racing everything went well for me. It was my first start, the fans gave me a warm welcome, and most importantly, we won," he said.

"I have just started one game for Atletico and things went well, but I still have a lot to prove here.

"We do not know what we can achieve. We have a great squad and we will battle to win everything. Finishing in the top four would be great."

Respect

Reyes did not score in the win, but is hoping to open his account for the club soon so he can dedicate his first goal to former Sevilla team-mate Antonio Puerta, who died last month.

"I will dedicate my goal to Antonio Puerta. What happened to him has been one of the hardest things to cope with in my life," he stated.

"I will also dedicate the goal to my son, who is about to be born."

Fan reaction

Reyes also revealed he was relieved to receive a good reaction from the Atletico Madrid fans after the 24-year-old's efforts on the final day of last season helped city rivals Real win La Liga.

"I did not think that in such a short space of time I would be accepted like that," he said. "Those few seconds when I ran out will stay with me as the fans sang my name. It was special."