Pepe Reina to stay at Liverpool – Barcelona transfer mere “speculation”
Pepe Reina has shot down rumors suggesting he is moving away from Liverpool in the summers. Rife speculation suggests Barcelona are closely assessing the possibility of re-signing their former goalkeeper Pepe Reina in the upcoming transfer window.
The Liverpool shot-stopper has declared that he is happy at Anfield and would like continue to his career under the Red jersey. Pepe Reina, who played for Barcelona from 2000 to 2002, has been linked to Barcelona a couple of times since New Year’s Eve.
Pepe Reina’s form has been under scrutiny this year. The Spain international was performed poorly in a couple of matches this season, yet on average Pepe Reina’s standards have been satisfactory.
Reportedly, Pepe Reina has become unsettled at Liverpool and is seeking a way out of his contract. Since moving from Villareal, Pepe Reina has become one of the favorites son of Anfield, therefore it won’t be easy for Liverpool and Pepe Reina to part ways.
Barcelona are on the hunt for a new goalkeeper with Victor Valdes deciding it’s finally time he moved on. Victor Valdes, whose contract with Barcelona runs until the summer of 2014, has agreed to serve the Catalan giants till the end of his contract and has refused to sign in any extension.
Interestingly, Pepe Reina’s contract with Liverpool also ends in 2014, which means the English and Spanish football giants have already been provided with the tools for a swap.
Pepe Reina insists he has no intentions of making a quick move out of Liverpool, yet love for his childhood club Barcelona still runs in his veins. The Spaniard hasn’t ruled out a move to Barcelona, but has expressed his loyalty remains with Liverpool.
“Any talk of me joining Barca is just speculation,” Pepe Reina told Radio Marca in an interview yesterday. “I've got a contract at Liverpool and I'm very happy here.
“I am sure Victor Valdes with have his reasons for deciding to leave Barcelona. I respect him. He's my (Spain) team-mate and friend. He'll be leaving with his head held high, as he's given his all to Barcelona.”
The Liverpool board has also ruled out Pepe Reina’s exit, but probably for precautionary measures or perhaps to bolster goalkeeping options Liverpool is eyeing a couple of young goalkeepers.