Reina: Liverpool don’t want me

Pepe Reina

Pepe Reina has stated that he doesn't see a future at Liverpool and a move to Spain could be difficult, suggesting Napoli are in pole position to sign him.

Pepe Reina may be left with little alternative but to join Napoli this summer after admitting in an interview that he doesn't expect to enter into Liverpool's first-team plans.

The Spanish goalkeeper spent last season on loan to Napoli and became a firm favourite at the Stadio San Paolo.

Reina was the unquestioned first choice 'keeper as Napoli finished an impressive third place in Serie A and won the Coppa Italia.

Napoli are now trying to keep Reina permanently but they don't appear to have the financial resources necessary and would need the 31-year-old to take a pay cut.

While Reina has always said that his future depends on Liverpool, it seems the onus may be on him to accept a reduced wage packet unless another suitor appears.

"Before I think about a new club I will have to talk to Liverpool," Reina told Cadena Ser, quoted in La Gazzetta dello Sport.

"I will return to being a Liverpool player but I think I am outside their plans.

"The season on loan at Napoli was very positive and I thank the people of Naples and the club."

Reina was also strongly linked with a return to his homeland with either Barcelona or Atletico Madrid, but that hypothesis seems to have weakened.

"There have been no talks with Barcelona," Reina insisted. "They have just signed Marc-Andre ter Stegen for that position.

"I haven't had contact with Atletico Madrid either and I think they will do everything they can to keep Thibaut Courtois."

Napoli appear to be the only club actively pursuing Reina's signature but any decision looks likely to be made after the World Cup. 

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