Liverpool Goalkeeper Pepe Reina Denies Talks With Barcelona

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Spanish shot stopper says he is happy in Naples at present. 

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Liverpool goalkeeper Jose Manuel Reina has strongly denied recent reports that he has been in talks of late with Spanish champions FC Barcelona about re-joining his former club at the end of this season, according to reports in the Daily Star.

The experienced Spain international is currently spending a season-long loan spell with Serie A high-flyers Napoli under the management of his one-time mentor at Anfield Rafa Benitez.

However, Reina is still contracted to the Merseyside giants until June 30 2016, with the shot stopper insisting that he is now simply concentrating all his efforts on winning some silverware with the Southern Italian outfit.

“It is normal that a player dreams of representing a club like Barcelona or Real Madrid because they are historic and prestigious teams,” Reina told Spanish radio station Cope.

“But there was no contact between me and Barcelona, that was just an invention of the newspapers.

“I have a contract with Liverpool until 2016. I do not care about the rumours.

“I am excited to be at Napoli and will try and win something here.”

Reina started his professional career at Barca, with the 31-year-old being handed his first-team debut by the Catalans back in the 2000-2001 campaign, making a total of 33 appearances in all competitions for the club, including 19 in La Liga.

However, after his second campaign in Catalonia, Reina was then sold to fellow Spanish outfit Villarreal, before he was then signed by the then Reds boss Benitez in the summer of 2005, with the keeper having since gone on to play in 394 matches for the Reds in all competitions.

Napoli have previously hinted that they are not confident of keeping Reina on a permanent deal beyond this season, and have been linked with a possible move for Stoke City goalkeeper Asmir Begovic as a replacement.

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