‘I love you so much’ – Fabregas posts emotional tribute after Reyes dies in car accident
Cesc Fabregas and Arsene Wenger have joined the rest of the footballing world in expressing their grief at the passing of former Arsenal star Jose Antonio Reyes.
The former Gunners midfielder, who played alongside Reyes at both club and international level, took to social media to convey his sadness upon learning of the news.
In an emotional statement that reflected on the duo growing up together through their football careers Fabregas wrote in Spanish: “My first great friend in the world of football.
“My team-mate in the national team, who always wanted to sleep with the air conditioning being at minus 10 degrees. A humble guy who always had a smile on his face, a huge footballer and phenomenal person.
The EFE agency in Spain reported on Saturday that the accident took place in Seville at 11.40am local time and that the 35-year-old’s car “went off the road and caught fire”.
Sevilla would later confirm that his cousins Jonathan Reyes and Manuel Calderon also died in the collision.
Reyes played 110 matches in all competitions during his time at Arsenal, scoring 23 goals and winning the Premier League and FA Cup. He also won the Community Shield and was a Champions League runner-up with the club in 2006.