Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina has claimed that his future will be decided in the next few weeks as he is set to hold talks with manager Brendan Rodgers. The Spaniard spent last season on loan at Napoli, but it is widely expected that the Italian club will not be signing the goalkeeper a permanent basis. This is due to the transfer fee demands of Liverpool. After signing Simon Mignolet from Sunderland for £ 9 million last season, it is looking highly unlikely that Reina will be able to play as a first-team regular for Liverpool again. The Belgian international will be the first choice goalkeeper in the new campaign.
Despite this, Reina is confident that some sort of agreement can be reached in the next few weeks of the transfer window, which may see him either stay at Anfield or move out on loan once again. Napoli have not totally ruled out the possibility of bringing back Reina, but Rafa Benitez recently claimed that he already has a number of good goalkeepers at his disposal. The 31-year-old recently made his debut for the Spanish national team after playing as the understudy for Iker Casillas and Victor Valdes all these years.
His first World Cup match also came in the debut against Australia. Reina featured in 30 matches for Napoli last season. “Without a team? I have one – Liverpool. I have a deal for another two years, even if I’ve not yet spoken with the coach to see what his plans are. Now I’m set to end my holidays and my agent is charged to do these things. I have not thought about this a lot this season. Last summer – it’s true – there have been contacts, but during the last season I kept my concentration on Napoli,” said Reina.