Pulse.com.gh logo
Go


Football Remember him? Jose Antonio Reyes moves to China's second tier

He was touted as the next big thing when he joined Arsenal in 2004 and would later play for Real Madrid. On Wednesday, Jose Antonio Reyes signed for the bottom side in China's second tier.

  • Published:
Jose Antonio Reyes (L) is swapping his native Spain for Xinjiang in China play

Jose Antonio Reyes (L) is swapping his native Spain for Xinjiang in China

(AFP/File)

He was touted as the next big thing when he joined Arsenal in 2004 and would later play for Real Madrid. On Wednesday, Jose Antonio Reyes signed for the bottom side in China's second tier.

Now 34, the winger is swapping his native Spain for Xinjiang, a remote region in China's far west where authorities are accused of religious repression of the predominantly Muslim population.

Reyes, who has 22 caps for Spain and joins on a reported free transfer from Cordoba in Spain's second division, is in for a dogfight at his new club Xinjiang Tianshan Leopard.

The toothless Leopards have failed to win a game in 13 matches this season, scoring just four goals.

But they hope that Reyes, who never quite fulfilled high expectations at Arsenal after joining from Sevilla, could be the answer to their offensive problems.

Announcing his signing on Weibo, China's equivalent of Twitter, the club said that the veteran star "will arrive in China in the near future and meet the team to compete in the remaining games of the season".

China's top two leagues are on a break for the World Cup, meaning that Reyes will not make his debut until July 14 at the earliest.

After two and a half years in England with Arsenal -- during which he complained of being homesick -- Reyes joined Real Madrid, winning the Spanish league title.

He went on to play for Atletico Madrid, Benfica, his hometown side Sevilla again, and Espanyol, winning the Europa League five times in the process but without ever living up to his early billing.

Do you ever witness news or have a story that should be featured on Pulse Ghana?
Submit your stories, pictures and videos to us now via WhatsApp: +233507713497, Social Media @pulseghana: #PulseEyewitness & DM or Email: eyewitness@pulse.com.gh.

Recommended Articles

Recommended Videos




Top Articles

1 Ghanaian Players Abroad Swansea City fans troll Jordan Ayew over his...bullet
2 Ghanaian Players Abroad Thomas Partey sets record in Super Cupbullet
3 Football FIFA made a mistake awarding Messi the Golden Ball- Sepp...bullet
4 Afcon Qualifier Ayews, Asamoah Gyan dropped from Black Stars squad...bullet
5 Revealed!!! This is the only thing that makes Cristiano Ronaldo crybullet
6 Ghana Football This is the job of Normalization Committee as...bullet
7 Ban Threat Osafo Maafo to lead government delegation to meet...bullet
8 From Zurich, Switzerland Government agrees to withdraw...bullet
9 Football 5 top players Mourinho signed at Real Madridbullet
10 AFCON 2019 Qualifiers Kwadwo Asamoah to replace Gyan...bullet

Top Videos

1 Watch Kwadwo Asamoah's wonderful assist as Inter pip Atleticobullet
2 Seedorf and Kluivert unveiled as the new Cameroon coachesbullet
3 Anas Aremeyaw Anas finally takes off beads on TVbullet
4 Video Watch the highlights of new Black Stars wonder kidbullet
5 Back to the Roots Memphis Depay dancing ‘adobe’ in Cape Coastbullet
6 Video Andre Ayew jams to Kwami Eugene’s hit songbullet
7 Video Shatta Wale displays great football skills that would...bullet
8 Ghost Goal Italian referee shows remorse for disallowing...bullet
9 Video Watch highlights and goals of Black Stars new...bullet
10 Video Kevin-Prince Boateng launches rap career ahead...bullet

Football