Sevilla made a touching tribute to the late Jose Antonio Reyes by presenting a shirt to the son of their former player at a youth tournament in Spain.

Reyes and his cousin Jonathan died in a traffic accident on June 1.

The former Atletico Madrid, Arsenal and Sevilla star's son, who shares the same name, is a highly regarded prospect and will reportedly join Real Madrid's academy from Leganes next season.

The Leganes youngster was gifted a Sevilla shirt in memory of his father at the LaLiga Promises youth tournament on Sunday.

Described as a "legend" by club president Jose Castro, Reyes had two spells with his hometown team and represented Spain at the World Cup in 2006.

Wissam Ben Yedder has revealed he hopes to leave Sevilla to join one of the world's "biggest clubs" during the close season.

The France striker has been a prolific goalscorer since emerging at Toulouse and earned his move to Spain three years ago.

However, Ben Yedder believes that at the age of 28 the moment has arrived to take another step forward in his career.

It is reported Ben Yedder is on a shortlist of players interesting Barcelona, and other clubs may take an interest now he has made a declaration of his ambition.

When asked if this was a suitable time to move on from Sevilla, Ben Yedder told Le Parisien: "It's good timing, like you say. I really feel that. But I can't lack respect for the club. Whatever the final choice is, I'll be happy."

It remains to be seen whether Barcelona's reported interest leads to an offer, or whether owners of clubs across Europe are talking about him as a potential acquisition.

"It's for them to judge," said Ben Yedder. "But I dream of playing at a high level, in the biggest clubs in the world and to be alongside players of international class. It's a case of seeing where I can get to in terms of level. 

"I'm not more preoccupied about that than by my future. I'll take stock after France duty but it will also be for Seville to decide."

Newly installed Sevilla head coach Julen Lopetegui was the first choice of sporting director Monchi, according to club chairman Jose Castro, who described the former Real Madrid boss as "the best coach for the Sevilla project".

Lopetegui's arrival at Estadio Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan marked his return to football for the first time since his ill-fated spell as head coach of Real Madrid, where he was dismissed after just 10 LaLiga matches with Los Blancos ninth in the table.

Monchi, who helped Sevilla win 11 trophies including back-to-back Europa League titles during a hugely successful first spell as sporting director, returned to the club in March after spending two years at Roma.

Castro revealed that Lopetegui was the man Monchi wanted in charge of Sevilla as the club aims to improve on finishing sixth in LaLiga in 2018-19.

Castro told a news conference: "We've brought in the best sporting director, which is Monchi, and he says the best coach for the Sevilla project is Lopetegui.

"He is the best coach for me as well."

Lopetegui said his time away from the game had given him the opportunity to recharge as he pledged to work closely with Monchi to revive the club's Champions League aspirations.

He picked out midfielders Ever Banega and Pablo Sarabia as key members of the current squad, while acknowledging that the strength of Sevilla's academy is a key asset.

"I know what coming to Sevilla means," said Lopetegui. "As an opponent I've been on the receiving end.

"Now we need to work alongside Monchi, who is number one in his job. We're going to have a fantastic squad I'm sure.

"The Sevilla academy has always had answers. It has always contributed important and solid players consistently. We'll be very alert to it, like we should be. If someone comes in it will be because they're going to make us better, that is certain."

He added: "Sarabia and Banega are two excellent parts of the squad Monchi is trying to build."

Julen Lopetegui has taken his first job since his ill-fated spell at Real Madrid after being appointed Sevilla's new head coach.

Lopetegui replaces Joaquin Caparros, who guided Sevilla to a sixth-placed finish in LaLiga following the sacking of Pablo Machin in March.

Madrid dismissed Lopetegui in October 2018 after just 10 league matches, with Los Blancos languishing in ninth place in the table.

Sevilla will hope Lopetegui can be as successful as he was when head coach of Spain, who he led to qualification for the 2018 World Cup without losing a game.

The 52-year-old's first coaching role at club level came with Rayo Vallecano, where he was sacked after a poor start to the 2003-04 season and thereafter he took charge of Real Madrid Castilla.

After enjoying success as coach of Spain's youth teams at various levels, Lopetegui was appointed as head coach of Porto in May 2014, but failed to win any silverware during a two-year spell at the club.

Vicente del Bosque's retirement led to Lopetegui's appointment as the manager of Spain, but his successful two-year tenure came to an acrimonious end.

Real Madrid announced he would join them after the 2018 World Cup, leading the Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) to dismiss him before the tournament in Russia began.

Julen Lopetegui has taken his first job since his ill-fated spell at Real Madrid after being appointed Sevilla's new head coach.

Sevilla have confirmed the signing of defender Diego Carlos, who joins the LaLiga club from Nantes.

The 26-year-old has signed a five-year deal with Sevilla, who paid a reported €15million fee.

The Brazilian, who passed a medical on Monday, now hopes to break into Tite's national team plans following his move to Spain.

Sevilla are yet to name their new head coach after Joaquin Caparros took a post supporting sporting director Monchi.

But they are reportedly closing in on the former Spain and Real Madrid boss Julen Lopetegui.

Sevilla will hold a tribute to "legend" Jose Antonio Reyes at the Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan on Sunday, the LaLiga club's president Jose Castro has confirmed.

Reyes, a Sevilla academy product who went on to help the club to three successive Europa League triumphs and also played for Arsenal, Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid, died in a traffic accident on Saturday, aged 35.

Tributes from across the football world have since poured in, with Sergio Ramos, Thierry Henry and Sevilla sporting director Monchi among those paying their respects on social media.

And Sevilla president Castro has announced that there will be an event held at the stadium for fans of the club to celebrate Reyes' life.

"We are dismayed, it is a sad and very hard day, first for the person and then for the legend, Reyes is a legend of Sevilla," Perez said in a statement released on the club's official website.

"Regardless of the love of the rest of the clubs he has played in. We are greatly hurt by what has occurred.

"I've known him almost since he was born, he played in all the lower tiers. You only get memories, moments of glory that he gave to Sevilla and also to other clubs, we have lost one of our own that has given us so much, helping us to grow.

"There are times when there are to take a deep breath to understand these things and face them as best we can."

Jose Antonio Reyes will be remembered as a Sevilla great who ignored the easy choices to leave a legacy of success and love.

The Spain international's boyhood club Sevilla announced on Saturday that the winger had died at the age of 35 following a traffic collision.

"We couldn't be confirming worse news," they wrote, as the reality of the club losing one of its most famous and beloved sons set in.

Across a successful 20-year career that began in the modest surroundings of Sevilla's reserves, Reyes made 686 appearances in club football, taking him from Spain to England, Portugal and China.

The competition with which his connection was greatest was the Europa League and he is the only player to win it five times. Fittingly, Reyes' local club Sevilla are the only team to lift that same trophy on five occasions. 

He was prodigious when he first burst onto the scene, with Reyes still the youngest player to ever represent Sevilla in LaLiga, having made his debut at 16 years, four months and 29 days in January 2000.

"What I saw Reyes do I am yet to see anyone else do, except [Lionel] Messi," said Joaquin Caparros, the coach who moulded him into a player that Spain first selected in 2003.

A fine dribbler and possessor of a wondrous left foot, Reyes moved to London in January 2004 in a deal worth £17million and he was part of the Arsenal team that won the title without losing a game.

Although Reyes made an impression, winning two trophies, reaching a Champions League final and scoring some spectacular goals, he was inexperienced and thrust into an expectant atmosphere.

A combination of reported homesickness and inconsistency resulted in a loan to Real Madrid. An otherwise forgettable spell ended with Reyes crucially scoring twice against Real Mallorca to secure the title.

Atletico Madrid brought him back to Spain permanently, though initially Reyes struggled at the Vicente Calderon, where supporters refused to forget his time across the city.

After no goals in 37 appearances, Atletico sent Reyes on loan to Quique Sanchez Flores' Benfica for the 2008-09 campaign, and the following season they reunited in Madrid, where they won the Europa League.

When his Atletico career petered out, Reyes' time at the top appeared over. MLS, Turkey or the Middle East looked the easy choices for his next move. Instead, Sevilla reinvigorated him.

There was an air of 'what might've been' upon his return in January 2012. Reyes had missed the most successful period in his beloved club's history. Such a golden era would surely never be experienced again in Nervion.

But Reyes got the Sevilla success he dreamed of, winning three straight Europa League titles to take his personal tally to five.

"I think he wasn't demanding enough with himself [at Arsenal], but I also think at Sevilla he demands more from himself," Caparros said.

That was never more notable than the November 2012 Derbi Sevillano against bitter rivals Real Betis, when Reyes scored the first of a brace after 11 seconds and got an assist in a 5-1 demolition.

"Having a team-mate like Reyes is fun," Sevilla colleague Ever Banega said in 2014. For all the inconsistency, there was also sheer talent and joy – in full-flight he was every child's idea of what a footballer should be.

"He's a great, talented player," said his coach of three years, Unai Emery. "Sevilla fans love Reyes. He is different because of his talent."

He really was fun, and he was Sevilla.

Reyes departed as a hero in 2016 and went on to represent Espanyol, Cordoba, Xinjiang Tianshan and Extremadura, whom he helped save from relegation this season.

The unconditional love between Reyes and Sevilla rejuvenated his career – the club will now ensure that passion and the Europa League three-peat live on as his legacy.

Cesc Fabregas described Jose Antonio Reyes as "one of the great talents in football" in an emotional tribute to his former Arsenal and Spain team-mate, who was killed in a traffic accident on Saturday.

The pair won an FA Cup during their time together at Arsenal and Fabregas opened up about the important role Reyes played in his career as a young player.

Reyes arrived in North London in January 2004, by which time the 16-year-old Fabregas had been at Arsenal for four months, and he scored two goals in 13 Premier League appearances as Arsene Wenger's unbeaten side won the title.

Fabregas wrote a touching tribute on Instagram, which read: "My first great friend in the world of professional football, my room-mate, who always wanted to sleep with the air conditioning even at minus 10 degrees.

"A humble guy who always had a smile on his face, great footballer and great person. I could not wake up today in a worse way.

"I will never forget when you and your family welcomed me at your home in my first Christmas in England when I was alone and 16-years-old.

"Our connection in the field was also special, since it was always easy to find you between the lines so you could make the difference.

"I always say that you have been one of the greatest talents in football and I know that I am not wrong. Two days ago I was talking about you in an interview, it might be a sign, who knows, to remember you, my great friend."

Players and coaches throughout the football world joined Fabregas in mourning, including former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger.

In a tweet posted by Arsenal's official account, Wenger said: "I am devastated to hear the terrible news about Jose.

"To his family and friends, all support from everyone in the Arsenal family. He will remain forever in our hearts."

Sevilla sporting director Monchi, who helped discover Reyes, described the winger's importance at Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan, telling SFC Radio: "He was the most innate talent that came out of the academy.

"Not needing to improve on anything, he was already good, and what's more, with his sale he allowed the club to grow, and then he came back to win another three titles.

"He is Sevilla history.

"I've been numb since the chairman called me, trying to wake up from what I want to be a nightmare but tragically seems to be real."

Seven of Sunday's planned Segunda Division games have been postponed by the Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) after the death of Jose Antonio Reyes.

Sevilla confirmed on Saturday that Reyes, 35, had died in a traffic accident.

The forward's team Extremadura had been due to play against Cadiz in their penultimate league fixture of the season.

However, their game, along with six other fixtures, have now been put back to June 4, though Las Palmas' meeting with Almeria will still go ahead.

"After learning of the death of Spain international footballer Jose Antonio Reyes, who currently played in the ranks of Extremadura, the Royal Spanish Football Federation has decided to postpone, with the approval of the National Football League, seven Segunda Division games that were due to be played Sunday, June 2," a statement read.

Reyes signed for Extremadura in January, having spent 2018 at China League One club Xinjiang Tianshan Leopard.

The RFEF have also confirmed that there will be a minute of silence ahead of all their official competition games in the upcoming round of fixtures.

Jose Antonio Reyes has died in a traffic accident at the age of 35, former club Sevilla have confirmed.

Reyes most recently played for Extremadura in Spain's second tier, representing them nine times in the second half of this season.

A former Spain international, Reyes came through Sevilla's academy having grown up in the town of Utrera, a few miles east of Andalusia's capital.

He broke into Sevilla's first-team as a teenager before earning himself a big-money move to Arsenal in 2004, staying there for three years.

A mercurial, talented winger, Reyes went on to feature for Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid and Benfica, before returning to his boyhood club in 2011 for a five-year spell.

Reyes remains the youngest player to ever represent Sevilla in LaLiga, having made his debut at the age of 16 years, four months and 29 days in January 2000.

Although he never won a trophy with Sevilla during his first spell, he went on to play a key role in their three successive Europa League triumphs between 2014 and 2016, before departing for Espanyol.

Barcelona are aiming for a record fifth successive Copa del Rey triumph on Saturday when they face Valencia, with the Catalans' recent dominance in the competition seeing them reach the final sixth times in a row.

If Ernesto Valverde's men complete the feat, they will certainly have done it the hard way, as they have had to get past Real Madrid and Sevilla en route to the final and will now face a Valencia side who finished fourth in LaLiga.

The pressure is on, however. Barca disappointed supporters by failing to reach the Champions League final, despite beating Liverpool 3-0 in the semi-final first leg, and some are calling for Valverde to lose his job.

Winning only LaLiga when a treble looked extremely likely just a few weeks ago could potentially spell doom for the head coach, but the omens are good for Barca, as their previous five finals have shown…

2013-14: Real Madrid 2-1 Barcelona

Having seen LaLiga and the Champions League move out of reach in the build-up, Barca – and specifically coach Gerardo Martino – needed a victory in the 2013-14 final. Things got off to a bad start when Angel Di Maria opened the scoring after a good move in the 11th minute. Marc Bartra levelled with a powerful second-half header, but Gareth Bale clinched the first piece of silverware of his career with a spectacular late solo winner, consigning Barca to their first trophyless season since 2008, which cost Martino his job.

2014-15: Athletic Bilbao 1-3 Barcelona

If 2013-14 was a failure, the following season was the complete opposite. Having already wrapped up the league title, Barca cruised to victory in the Copa, giving club great Xavi the ideal final Camp Nou outing. The magnificent Lionel Messi starred, opening the scoring with a marvellous solo effort, before Neymar rounded off a flowing move for 2-0. Their Argentinian talisman ended Athletic's chances towards the end, with Inaki Williams' goal a mere consolation. Barca then went on to complete a treble with a 3-1 win over Juventus in the Champions League final.

2015-16: Barcelona 2-0 Sevilla (AET)

Fresh from beating Liverpool in the Europa League final, Sevilla were eager to upset another European giant. Barca were not helped by Javier Mascherano's dismissal for hauling down Kevin Gameiro in the first half, but they ended up managing the rest of the regulation 90 minutes fairly well and the numbers were evened up late on when Ever Banega was sent off. Barca simply had too much for Sevilla in extra time, as Jordi Alba and then Neymar got the goals, while Daniel Carrico was shown the game's third red card.

2016-17: Barcelona 3-1 Deportivo Alaves

A first ever Copa final for Alaves promised little given who they were up against. A Theo Hernandez free-kick offered them a measure of hope just after Messi's 30th-minute opener, but Barca ultimately had things wrapped by half-time, with Neymar and Paco Alcacer putting the game beyond Mauricio Pellegrino's men. Having missed out on the league title, Copa success at least meant Barca did not end the campaign empty-handed, with Luis Enrique leaving his post shortly after.

2017-18: Sevilla 0-5 Barcelona

While Barca's Copa tussle with Sevilla in 2016 was a gripping encounter, last season's meeting showed an alarming gulf. Andres Iniesta starred in what proved to be his last final for the club, scoring the fourth goal, but victory was effectively secured by half-time given a Luis Suarez double and a solitary Messi effort had them 3-0 up at the interval. Philippe Coutinho's penalty finished things off, as Barca went on to seal a domestic double, while Sevilla sacked Montella a week later.

Premier League clubs can begin reinforcing their squads for next season in earnest after the transfer window opened on Thursday and there are plenty of shrewd signings to be made.

Manchester United look set for a particularly busy close-season, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer hinting on more than one occasion that several players could depart Old Trafford, while Manchester City and Liverpool will be eager to keep pushing themselves.

Tottenham have reached the Champions League final this term despite not adding to their first-team squad since January 2018, so presumably Mauricio Pochettino will be liaising with Daniel Levy about what business can be done this time around.

Then there will be those eager to bridge the gap to the top four, others wanting to move further away from the relegation zone and the promoted clubs desperate to stay up.

Money is not a problem for most Premier League clubs, though it is always more satisfying when you strike a bargain…

 

Pablo Sarabia (Sevilla) - £19m release clause

One of the standout players in LaLiga this term, Sarabia would represent remarkable value. With 25 goal involvements, the Spain Under-21 international is the only player in the division other than Lionel Messi to reach double figures for goals (12) and assists (13) this term. Even when not performing particularly well, the winger has the ability to produce out of nothing and has been involved in a goal every 109.12 minutes. Sevilla are desperately trying to sign him to a new contract, but in the meantime his release clause stands at just under £19m.

 

Julian Brandt (Bayer Leverkusen) - £21m release clause

Long tipped as one of Germany's next great hopes, Brandt is finally expected to depart Leverkusen for bigger things at the end of the season. A winger who can also feature centrally, Brandt has been involved in 17 Bundesliga goals (six scored, 11 assists) this season and is a real creative hub, laying on 85 chances for team-mates. He is also a fine dribbler, attempting 100 and completing exactly half of them. According to reports, a clause in his contract means he will be available for just £21m, making the apparent interest of Liverpool and Spurs understandable.

 

Ander Herrera (Manchester United) – Free

With his contract at Old Trafford set to expire, tireless midfielder Ander Herrera – who would otherwise likely command a substantial fee – is available on a free transfer. The Spaniard is a well-rounded player, completing 87.76 per cent of his passes and 66.67 per cent of his attempted dribbles. Despite only playing 22 Premier League games for United this term, he has still managed 54 tackles and 37 interceptions, meaning he could be a useful option in an all-action midfield role. However, Paris Saint-Germain are said to be circling, so any potential suitors will have to act quickly.

 

Pablo Fornals (Villarreal) – £23m release clause

Villarreal have done just about enough to retain their top-flight status after a dire season, but they will likely be forced into player sales and Fornals is arguably their prized asset. With just five goal involvements in 35 games, the 23-year-old winger has been a little disappointing, but he has laid on 45 chances to team-mates, completed 53.42 per cent of his 73 attempted dribbles and made 49 tackles. Fornals might suggest he has been affected by the turbulence surrounding his team's campaign, as the Malaga youth product led the assist charts with Messi and Luis Suarez (12) in 2017-18 when things were going better for the club. With a £23m buyout clause said to be in his contract, many clubs could do a lot worse than Villarreal's star man.

 

Juan Mata (Manchester United) – Free

Mata's United career has been somewhat unfulfilling. After joining from Chelsea in 2014, the club arguably should have built their team around him, as his best period at Stamford Bridge showed he could be world class. But he has rarely been played in his favoured attacking midfield role, often shunted out to the wing. As such, that has seen him score just three and set up another two in 22 Premier League games this term, but the Real Madrid product has crafted 30 chances and found a team-mate with 86 per cent of his 700 passes. In the right team, the 31-year-old could thrive again.

 

Kostas Manolas (Roma) - £31m release clause

There aren't many world class centre-backs available for less than £50m these days, but Manolas is one of them. The Greece international has developed into a fine player who is capable from a physical and technical point of view. Manolas has completed 87.36 per cent of his 1,038 passes this season, highlighting his proficiency on the ball, while the 27-year-old succeeded with 75 per cent of his tackles. He came out on top in 67 of his 105 aerial duels and made 116 clearances. A £31m release clause should make him a very attractive target for those keen to bolster their defensive options.

Andre Silva says he has a "clear conscience" amid claims by Sevilla coach Joaquin Caparros that he has exaggerated his injury problems.

Silva, who is on loan from AC Milan, has not played for the club since April 4 but could be called up to Portugal's squad for their Nations League Finals campaign in early June.

That has sparked outrage from Caparros, who has questioned the severity of Silva's knee injury and has even gone as far as to suggest that UEFA should intervene if Portugal do attempt to call him up.

Silva, who has scored just twice since the turn of the year, has hit back at Caparros, though, insisting the injury is serious enough to keep him out of action.

"I'm not simulating an injury, I have been receiving treatment," Silva told A Bola.

"I have a clear conscience. I have wanted to play and the problem for me is that as time has passed the discomfort has worsened.

"Maybe this has not been handled in the best way and I should have taken a break in December to sort it, but Sevilla needed me and I wanted to play.

"My concept of professionalism requires extreme dedication to the club, in this case to Sevilla. Those who know me know that I always want to be an asset."

Portugal face Switzerland in the Nations League semi-final on June 5 and Silva says he would have no issues accepting a call-up if he is fit enough.

"I'm focused on the treatment, I know the squad is just around the corner," he added. "All injuries are recoverable from. If you recover why should not I go to the national team?"

Sevilla wrap up their LaLiga campaign at home to Athletic Bilbao on Saturday. 

Sevilla have lobbied LaLiga to change the kick-off time for their final league fixture of the campaign, claiming that the temperature will be too hot for players and fans alike.

The 2018-19 LaLiga season comes to an end on Saturday, with Sevilla due to face Athletic Bilbao at 16:15 local time (15:15 GMT), with temperatures set to soar above 30 degrees Celsius throughout the week.

Sevilla sit sixth heading into the final day, but trail Valencia, in action against Real Valladolid on Saturday, by just two points, with Getafe – who host Villarreal in their last outing – in fifth.

All of the games involving the three clubs involved in the race for the final Champions League qualification spot are scheduled to kick off at the same time, but Sevilla have been left frustrated by LaLiga's decision to play the fixtures in the afternoon, rather than at a later time.

"Sevilla FC wish to publicly express their absolute disconformity with the hour chosen by LaLiga for the last league match of the season," a club statement read.

"[LaLiga president] Javier Tebas has already been notified of the discontent by Sevilla FC's president Jose Castro.

"The club feel that it has not been taken into account that in Seville, at 16:15, the temperature will be much higher than in Getafe, Barcelona and Valladolid, resulting in discomfort for Sevilla FC, Athletic Bilbao and the fans watching from the stands.

"It was possible to have put the matches concerning the European spots at a later time when the temperature would not have been a problem.

"The club regrets that this, at least for the moment, has not been taken into account and trusts that LaLiga will rectify the timetable for the good of the professionals and all fans attending the match."

Sevilla need a victory over Athletic, combined with Getafe and Valencia, who both have a better head-to-head record, losing to secure a place in next season's Champions League.

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