Date: 23rd August 2006 at 9:31am
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Arsene Wenger appears to have destroyed any hopes Jose Antonio Reyes haboured of moving to Spain by telling the player ‘there will be no deal with Real Madrid’

Reyes has been up to all kinds of antics over the summer, wearing Madrid shirts, posing with newspapers and practically begging for a transfer, but now it appears Arsene Wenger has put this particular transfer rumour to bed.

Wenger said: ‘There is no deal with Madrid, I can assure you. His agent flies 2,000 feet in the air but he must come down to earth again.

‘If you tell me there is a deal with Real Madrid, I tell you there will be no deal with Real Madrid. Nobody else has come in.

‘At the end of the day, you need something concrete. If you say ‘I like a player but sorry I have no money’, stay at home.’

Le Boss seems to have taken a tough stance over clubs coming in for our players or just trying to unsettle them. I guess there is a high possibility that once that first player goes out on the cheap there could be a mass exodous and before you know it, bang, you have become a selling club.