Liverpool custodian Pepe Reina has played down rumours linking him with a move to Barcelona in the summer as a replacement for Victor Valdes.
The ever so reliable Pepe Reina started this season with indifferent form, but has recovered well as the season has progressed. But despite this inconsistency, he has been linked with a move back to former club Barcelona in the summer ever since Victor Valdes has disclosed his desire to ‘experience new cultures’.
Valdes, who rose to prominence back during the 2002-03 season soon after Reina left the Catalan club to join Villarreal, has earlier announced that he won’t be extending his current contract at Barcelona. The 31-year-old’s current contract expires in 2014 and reports suggest Barcelona are prepared to sell him in the summer with Valdes eyeing a possible move to England. Both Arsenal and Manchester United have been heavily linked with a move for Valdes next season.
Earlier, reports have suggested that Barcelona are eyeing a move for Liverpool goalkeeper Reina in order to replace Valdes. In fact, Reina’s father, Miguel Reina, who was is a former goalkeeper of Barcelona himself, has publicly expressed his desire to see his son move back to the Spanish giants.
But now Reina has rubbished all reports linking him with a move away from Anfield, stating he is happy at the club.
“Any talk of me joining Barca is just speculation. 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 teammate and friend. He’ll be leaving with his head held high, as he’s given his all to Barcelona.” – Reina was quoted in press.
Meanwhile, the Spaniard has also joked about speculations linking Gareth Bale to Real Madrid –
“If Real Madrid signs Bale I’ll be delighted. He causes me a lot of problems.”
The 30-year-old also seemed confident about Luis Suarez’s future at Anfield. He has played down any possibilities of Suarez moving to La Liga.
“I can’t see Luis Suarez playing in La Liga. I think he’ll stay at Liverpool. He’s a great player,” he added.
“So are Bale and a few others in the Premier League.” – Reina added.
Interestingly, recent reports also suggested that Liverpool will look to offload a lot of their players in the summer as the club is set to undergo another major overhaul during the summer transfer window. Whether Reina falls in that list is what remains to be seen, but Anfield is sure to have a busy summer.