Arsenal’s Jose Antonio Reyes is hoping he will have done enough by the end of the Spanish season to earn himself a permanent switch to Real Madrid.
Reyes joined Madrid on a one-year loan from the Gunners last summer with Julio Baptista making the opposite move to London.
The Spain winger has endured a stop-start campaign with the Spanish giants due to injury, and the 23-year-old is aware he only has a short time left to win over any doubters.
“I’ve had a lot at stake since I first joined the team. The end of the season is just around the corner, so I have to prove my worth,” said the former Sevilla ace, who has repeatedly stressed he does not wish to return to England, where he struggled to settle.
“But I am not worried because I know the club has faith in me, and vice-versa. We have to win, and then we’ll talk at the end of the season.
“I wanted to play here, and I hope to stay, but whatever happens, I will never mention the word ’failure’.”
Reyes, who has started 14 league matches for Madrid this season, is currently recovering from a knee injury he suffered against Getafe earlier this month.
However, the winger is hoping to be back in action soon, possibly for this weekend’s match at Celta Vigo.
“I am running well and participated in a practice match with the team. My knee feels strong, so hopefully I make the next squad list,” he said.
With 11 games remaining in the Primera Liga season, Madrid are currently third in La Liga with 48 points, five less than joint leaders Barcelona and Sevilla.
“We have 11 matches left and we have to win them all – Real Madrid aren’t planning on losing or drawing any of them. We know we have to play our hearts out,” Reyes said.