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Reina speaks out on Reds return

Last Updated: Tue, 17 Jun 2014 13:42
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Pepe Reina says he is planning to return to Liverpool in the summer after a potential permanent move to Napoli failed to materialise.

The goalkeeper, who is currently with Spain's World Cup squad as back-up in Brazil, spent last season on loan in Naples and was hoping to sort out a permanent move to former Reds boss Rafa Benitez's side.

However, Benitez confirmed last week that Napoli could not afford Reina's wages and now the former Barcelona keeper, who was the undisputed number one at Liverpool between 2006 and 2013, says he has no other choice but to return to Merseyside as he still has two years left on his current terms at Anfeld.

"For now I will return to Liverpool," he told Marca. "That is the only certainty I have. I have a two-year contract with Liverpool, so I have no other news to tell you."

Reina had hoped to return to old club Barca this summer and left the Reds on loan after boss Brendan Rodgers brought in Simon Mignolet to be his new number one 12 months ago but he now appears to be in limbo and may have to settle playing back-up at Anfield next term unless he can agree a move elsewhere.

Arsenal have been linked with a summer bid, but Liverpool are unlikely to sanction a sale to a Premier League title rival so Reina's future remains uncertain.

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