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Pepe Reina Targets Barcelona Move After Napoli Loan

Spaniard wants to go home after Italian adventure.

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Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina has once again reiterated his desire to return to Barcelona once his loan spell with Napoli finishes at the end of the season, talkSPORT reports.

The 31-year-old was unceremoniously and surprisingly loaned out to the Italian giants this summer following the arrival of Simon Mignolet at Anfield, and he has now linked up with former boss Rafa Benitez at the San Paolo.

However, Napoli have played down the chances of signing him on a permanent basis when his loan deal expires and he has now set his sights on a return to the club where his career began.

Reina came through the youth ranks at the club before transferring to Villarreal in 2002.

Current Barca stopper Victor Valdes is still adamant that he wants to move on when his contract expires next summer after agreeing to see out the final year of his deal in Catalonia and Reina has been tipped to replace his international colleague.

And with Reina admitting that it would be difficult to re-establish himself at Liverpool, he conceded that a move back home would be most appealing.

“I would very much like to return to Barcelona. I’m delighted that my name has been suggested, but my goal now is to have a good season in Naples. And in the summer, we will see,” he said.

“Nothing is signed. I imagine that the club [Barcelona] has spoken with many and have several in the pipeline. We will see what happens next year with Victor Valdes.”

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