Former Arsenal player Jose Antonio Reyes dies in vehicle crash

Former Arsenal player Jose Antonio Reyes dies in vehicle crash

"It's news that is impossible to believe, impossible to take in", Monchi wrote on Twitter next to a picture of Reyes playing for Sevilla.

Pepe Reina has offered condolences to the family of his former Spain team-mate Jose Antonio Reyes, who died on Saturday. "Rest in peace", Sevilla said on Twitter.

A minute-long moment of silence will be observed at Saturday's Champions League Final. "Rest in peace", the Spanish club tweeted.

Reyes, who won 21 caps for Spain, was signed for Spanish lower-league club Extremadura at the time of his death. His goals near the end of the campaign were crucial to Arsene Wenger's side maintaining their unbeaten run.

"Everyone at UEFA is shocked & hugely saddened to learn that José Antonio Reyes has died aged 35", adding the Spanish global had won five Europa League titles.

Europe's football governing body UEFA also made a statement on social media regarding Reyes' death.

Current Arsenal boss Unai Emery, who managed Reyes at Sevilla, spoke to BBC Radio 5 Live before the Champions League final in the Spanish capital, describing it as "a very, very sad day". "All of our thoughts are with Jose's friends and family, and everyone at Arsenal at this very hard time". "He will remain forever in our hearts".

Holland national soccer team star Robin van Persie paid tribute to Reyes, "So sad to hear about the tragic news of my former teammate José Antonio Reyes". Wonderful player, superb group mate and splendid human being.

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.

"Broken. Shattered", wrote Ramos. All the love to the family.

The former Spanish worldwide was just 35 years of age and was still playing with Spanish second division side Extremadura.

Reyes' coffin will be placed at the Sanchez-Pizjuan Stadium in Seville, Spain, today, before being transferred to a hall in Utrera.

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