Jose Antonio Reyes' 11-Year Old Son Signs Real Madrid Contract
Jose Antonio Reyes' 11-year old son has signed for Real Madrid after leaving Leganes.
As announced on his Instagram, Jose Antonio Reyes Lopez will play in the academy set-up of the club his late father played for on loan in the 2006/07, helping Los Blancos win the La Liga title with a crucial brace against RCD Mallorca on the final day of the campaign.
"I'm very happy and proud to start a new chapter at Real Madrid,' the youngster captioned his post.
"I want to thank all those people that have supported me and trusted me, especially my family. I will continue to enjoy myself, work and learn with humility.'
Cesc Fabregas, who posted a heart-rending tribute after hearing the news of his friend's passing, told Reyes Jr to "Study, listen, fight and above all, never stop believing."
Reyes Jr spent time in the youth set-up at Leganes, finishing as the top scorer in a national tournament last season. His move to Real was agreed prior to his dad's tragic death but in the aftermath, president Florentino Perez promised to look after the youngster until he turns 18.
An emotional Cristobal Soria: "Florentino Perez told me that he will take care of Jose Antonio Reyes' son until he's 18."- RMadridHome (@RMadridHome_) June 3, 2019
He left behind an 11-year old son :pensive: pic.twitter.com/DQhLw49GZF
Reyes died in a car crash on 1 June, with his 23-year old cousin Jonathan Reyes and a third passenger Juan Manuel Calderon also losing their lives.
The 35-year old, who was part of Arsenal's Invincibles that went unbeaten on their way to winning the Premier League in 2003/04, was playing with Extremadura in the second tier of Spanish football prior to the tragic accident.
The youngest player ever to play for Sevilla aged 16, Reyes went on to play for both Madrid clubs and Benfica before sealing a dream return to the Andalusian outfit in 2012.
Reyes later won the Europa League twice at Atletico Madrid and three times in a row with Sevilla. He was capped 21 times by Spain, scoring four times.