Pepe Reina’s future continues to remain wrapped up in uncertainty.
The Spain international goalkeeper is currently on loan at Napoli from Liverpool and will stay there until the end of the season.
However, given how Simon Mignolet has established himself as the undisputed number one between the posts for Liverpool since his move from Sunderland last summer, Reina is very much likely to leave the Merseyside outfit for good.
Barcelona were heavily linked with the 31-year-old, who was slated to replace the departing Victor Valdes at Camp Nou. But with the Catalan giants having been banned by FIFA from making any signings for the next two windows, Reina’s likely destination is now Napoli.
And he should be glad for it. The former Villarreal custodian has been a huge success under his former Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez in Naples and Napoli president Aurelio de Laurentiis wants him to remain with the team next season.
The Italian club are currently third in Serie A and are very much likely to feature in next season’s Champions League. Not only that, but the Azzurri are on their way up with a squad that is one of the best in Italy and were in contention of the Scudetto at one stage this campaign.
Reina himself has acknowledged that he feels loved in Naples, but remains undecided on whether to carry on playing for the club that wants him or to return to a team and a manager (Brendan Rodgers) who has no place for him in the squad.
"I liked a lot what the president said and I'm happy for his praise," he told Radio Kiss Kiss.
"Me and my family feel really good here in Naples. It feels like home. Unfortunately at the end of the season I'll have to go back to Liverpool, but as long as I am here I will give my best for this shirt, for the club and the fans.
"Then I will speak with Liverpool and we will try to find the best solution for everyone. Now, I only think about finishing as high as possible with Napoli."
The main problem is the Reina’s wage package, according to the Italian media. Napoli are unable to meet his salary demands, while Liverpool want him off their back. If all parties involved can compromise and reach an agreement, then it will be beneficial for all. Napoli will get the keeper they want, Liverpool will get rid of the player they do not want and Reina will play for a club that he should be at.