Pepe Reina has revealed that he is not expecting to return to Liverpool at the end of the season.
The Spanish international completed a summer loan move to Napoli, where he has linked up with former Anfield boss Rafael Benitez.
Reina had been a key man for the Reds since his 2005 arrival from Villarreal, but Brendan Rodgers’ decision to draft in Simon Mignolet saw the stopper sent away from Merseyside.
The 31-year-old says that he was shocked to be sent out on loan, and that the decision was made by Liverpool while he was on holiday:
“It did come as a surprise,” he is quoted by the Daily Mail.
‘It was the club [Liverpool] who made the move. I was on my holidays and nobody told me anything.
“Suddenly Napoli called and said they were agreeing terms with Liverpool and Liverpool just rang me two days later and said the same.
“They probably had their own reasons.”
When asked about a potential return to Liverpool, Reina replied:
“At the moment it’s difficult to think about being a Liverpool player next year. They have a young goalkeeper in Simon Mignolet and the manager prefers him to me.”
Reina has been widely tipped to replace Victor Valdes at Barcelona next year.
The current Barca ‘keeper is set to leave the Nou Camp when his contract expires, and the La Liga champions are said to have made their former youth player the top candidate to replace him.
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