Father reveals long-term plans of 'phenomenon' Liverpool stopper Pepe Reina

Pepe Reina

Pepe Reina’s future at Liverpool remains up in the air, but his father has said his final destination has already been decided.

After spending last season on loan at Napoli, Pepe Reina has returned to Liverpool with his prospects at Anfield a source of uncertainty.

The Spain international rejoins the Reds as second fiddle to Simon Mignolet, and it remains to be seen if the club will retain such a high earner to back up the first-choice Belgian goalkeeper.

Both Reina and Liverpool have remained relatively tight-lipped on his situation to date, with both Rodgers and Reina emphasising the 31-year-old is firmly focused on pre-season training.

Whilst Reina is in Chicago at present taking part in Liverpool’s USA tour, talk over where he’ll be playing his football this campaign continues back in Europe.

Bayern Munich are the latest to be linked with a move for him, Napoli seemingly having put their interest in keeping the veteran shot stopper on ice due to the financial investment required.

But the Spaniard’s father - former Atletico Madrid and Barcelona goalkeeper Miguel Reina - has been speaking about his son’s future further down the road.

He told Mundo Deportivo: “Pepe wants to end his career at Cordoba. I hope that the team remains in La Liga for at least the next 10 years.

“My son is a phenomenon and surpassed me in all ways, but I have a nephew: he will be better than both of us.”

Miguel Reina is a native of Cordoba, beginning his professional career with his hometown club after coming through the youth ranks with Los Califas.

Cordoba were at last promoted back to the Spanish top flight at the end of last season after a hiatus that stretched back to the 1971/72 campaign - not long after Miguel left for Barcelona in the summer of 1966.

Whilst the elder Reina has now shed light on the Liverpool man’s intentions to bring the family name back to Cordoba in the twilight of his career, however, the short-term future remains a mystery.

Only when Reina is ready to enter the final chapter of his career it seems Cordoba will indeed be his destination.

But at 31 the Spaniard has plenty left in the tank - and it remains to be seen where he’ll be putting his talents on display in the coming campaign following his return from southern Italy.

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