Dani Ceballos has revealed that the late Jose Antonio Reyes played a big part in why he decided to join Arsenal.
The midfielder completed his loan move from Real Madrid on Thursday before opening up on what made him choose the Gunners.
In his first interview with the north London club, Ceballos described Reyes as his ‘childhood idol’ and said that the Spaniard’s dad played a big part in his decision.
Dani Ceballos reveals the late Jose Antonio Reyes played a part in him joining Arsenal on loan
Ceballos spoke to Reyes’ father who told him to ‘not think twice’ about joining Arsenal
Ceballos said: ‘I spoke to his [Reyes’] father before coming here and he told me not to think twice because this is a wonderful club.
‘When I came into the training ground I saw a picture of him and it really struck me because he’s my childhood idol.’
Reyes died on June 1 when his Mercedes Brabus S550V went off the A-376 motorway near the town of Alcala de Guadaira close to Seville.
The vehicle is thought to have hit some concrete blocks by the side of the motorway before flipping over and bursting into flames.
Reyes, who a part of the ‘Invincibles’ Arsenal side, died on June 1 after a car crash
Reyes’ cousin Jonathan Reyes, 23, a back seat passenger, also died in the 120mph crash
The vehicle is thought to have hit some concrete blocks by the side of the motorway before flipping over and bursting into flames
His cousin Jonathan Reyes, 23, a back seat passenger, also died along with a third man called Juan Manuel Calderon who managed to get out of the vehicle but suffered first degree burns to 60 per cent of his body that ended up claiming his life after he was rushed to Virgen del Rocio hospital in Seville.
Reyes made 110 appearances for the Gunners between 2004 and 2007, scoring 23 goals in that time, before leaving to join Atletico Madrid in a £10million deal.
Reyes was a part of the Arsenal side that went the 2003-04 season unbeaten.
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