Pepe Reina continues to give mixed messages regarding his future.
With Victor Valdes on the move to Monaco, Reina is being targeted by Barcelona as a long term replacement for their current number one and reportedly has been for a long term.
Reina has just admitted that he would be very interested in joining the Spanish side after months of saying that he wants to stay at Liverpool, committed to the project Brendan Rodgers is putting together.
“You can’t say no to Barcelona. At this moment in time nothing has been signed,” Reina was quoted in the Metro.
Maybe when he previously reaffirmed his desire to stay at Liverpool, he may not have ever believed that the prospect of going to Barcelona was genuine.
However, if the Spanish club were toying with the idea of a bid for him, then he’s just given them a massive sign that he would be very interested in a contract with the Spanish club covering the last part of his career.
It’s very easy to see why Liverpool fans are going to feel so annoyed about this because he’s said one thing and is on the verge of completely going against what he made the fans and the club believe.
“I have three more years with Liverpool. I’m satisfied, comfortable and my family are very happy - What I do know is I want to enjoy what remains and feel appreciated and at Liverpool I have that,” he told the Sun last season.
Liverpool can cope without him because the period last season where Brad Jones deputised after some inconsistent performances from Reina proves that he is disposable.
Liverpool are continuously linked with Alex McCarthy of Reading who could jump at the chance to play Premier League football again having just been relegated to the Championship with Reading.
In a way this whole issue just goes to demonstrate how far Barcelona have progressed in the modern era and just how much significance they hold in the modern game.
If it was any other club trying to get Reina then it probably wouldn’t be an issue because they more than likely wouldn’t have that status in football and Reina wouldn’t have that career history with them.
He may also see it as his final chance to try and break into the Spanish national side and hold down that number one slot ahead of Valdes and Iker Casillas of Real Madrid.
A lot of people laughed last season when Reina’s Dad hinted that his son would return to Spain before the end of his career and it now looks more likely to happen than ever before.
If you’re a Liverpool fan, would you forgive him?
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