Reina to stay despite Rafa’s exit

Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina has confirmed his intention to stay at Anfield even after Rafa Benitez's departure from the club was confirmed on Thursday.

The 27-year-old has made more than 250 appearances for the Reds after joining the club from Villarreal five years ago. 12 months after Benitez was appointed Liverpool manager.

Reina recently signed a new long-term contract with the club and said after playing for Spain in a friendly international against South Korea:"It's a sad moment for Liverpool, for Rafa Benitez and for the players who have been with him.

"He was a very important person for the club for six years. Liverpool grew with him and Rafa also grew thanks to Liverpool.

"I hope that this crisis passes. That a person so important for the club as Rafa Benitez has left is news that you never would have expected and that you never would have believed.

"But this changes nothing. I still have a six-year contract with Liverpool."

Liverpool will now start their search for a new manager after parting company with the 50-year-old former Valencia coach, who still had four years remaining on his contract.

Benitez is thought to have agreed a £6million compensation package with the club after guiding them to a disappointing seventh-place finish in the season just ended.

Martin O'Neill, Roy Hodgson, Guus Hiddink and Kenny Dalglish have all been spoken about as possible successors to Benitez.

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