Pepe Reina eager to see out his contract with Liverpool before Barcelona move
Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina has reiterated his stance on moving to Barcelona. The Spanish shot-stopper insists he is content at Anfield and isn’t looking towards moving away in summer.
Pepe Reina has been unable to perform at his best this season. The Barcelona bred goalkeeper’s season got interrupted by injuries and lack of form. Nonetheless, Pepe Reina claims he is prepared to produce his best for Liverpool next season.
With Victor Valdes set for an exit in the near future, Barcelona are in search of a new goalkeeper. The 30-year-old Spain international, Pepe Reina appears to be attracting the Catalan giants. As Pepe Reina has already spent his youth in Barcelona’s Academy, the La Liga leaders would certainly prefer to bring him in.
Pepe Reina’s father Miguel Reina used to be a goalkeeper for Barcelona. Therefore, when Miguel was asked about the whole Barcelona transfer saga he suggested Pepe would be “delighted to return to Barcelona”.
In spite of such reports, Pepe Reina claims he hasn’t engaged in contract talks with Liverpool or Barcelona. However, the Spaniard did say that he is committed to seeing out his contract with Liverpool.
“[A move to Barcelona] is not in my hands and the rumour mongering is part of that,” Pepe Reina told AS. “They're such a great club, but I'm happy at Liverpool.”
In the interview Pepe Reina was also asked about his relationship with Victor Valdes and which club would the 31-year-old move away to this summer.
“He [Valdes] is a friend, I'm going to respect him in everything that he decides,” Pepe Reina said. “He will have his reasons. He's not told me anything.”
Due to injury to Real Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas, Spain’s manager Vicente Del Bosque might give a rare start to Pepe Reina. The Reds No. 1 choice between the sticks will eager to prove his worth in the fixtures against Finland and France, especially because Real Madrid goalkeeper Diego Lopez is threatening to take over his position.
“Everything indicates that I will play, but I won't change my attitude because Iker [Casillas] isn't here,” Pepe Reina said. “I'm always excited and prepared. Not everybody that is called up is lucky enough to play. Only 11 play, but being called up by your country is an honour.
“Diego [Lopez] is playing so well; he has been decisive in many games and he is a Real Madrid-quality goalkeeper, without doubt. But in the national team it is the manager that makes the decisions.
“I'm not the showman. I'm an extrovert and joyful, and I have been lucky enough to be able to celebrate three great titles. I have been one of the most dedicated, but I am one of La Roja's goalkeepers, not the showman.
“It's not something that I prepare; I'm like that and whoever knows me knows that. But at the same time I don't want people to prefer the funny Pepe Reina. I want them to value me as a sportsman.”