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Rafa Benitez and Ayoze Perez react to sad loss of Jose Antonio Reyes

2 months ago
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Jose Antonio Reyes as died in a car crash.

Sevilla breaking the news that their former player has tragically passed away at the age of 35.

BBC Sport are reporting that there will be a minute’s silence to respect the passing of the one-time Arsenal star.

Hearing the news, countrymen Rafa Benitez and Ayoze Perez have both responded to the loss via Twitter.

Rafa sending ‘heartfelt condolences’ to Reyes’ family and friends, whilst Ayoze Perez sends ‘a huge hug to his family.’

Rafa Benitez:

“Today we have been informed of the death of Jose Antonio Reyes in a traffic accident.

“Our heartfelt condolences to his family and friends.”

Ayoze Perez:

“Terrible news coming from Spain…

“Rest in peace Jose Antonio Reyes, a huge hug to his family.”

BBC Sport report:

‘Former Arsenal winger Jose Antonio Reyes has died in a car accident aged 35, Spanish club Sevilla have announced.

“We couldn’t be confirming worse news,” the La Liga club said on Twitter.

The Spaniard joined the Gunners from the La Liga side in January 2004 and was part of the ‘Invincibles’ side that went through the 2003-04 season unbeaten, winning the Premier League.

He later spent a season on loan at Real Madrid in 2006-07, winning La Liga.

Sevilla paid tribute to the “eternal legend”, adding that he was “one of the most valuable home grown players in the history of the club”.

Reyes leaves behind his wife Noelia Lopez, whom he married in June 2017, and three children, daughters Noelia and Triana and son Jose Antonio Jr from a previous relationship.

A minute’s silence will be observed at Saturday’s Champions League final as a mark of respect to Reyes, who was the first Spaniard to win the Premier League.’

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