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Pepe Reina keen on La Liga return

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Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina told Cadena Ser he wants to end his career in Spain as uncertainty over his future at Anfield continues.

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Reina is training with the Reds squad in the U.S. after finishing his loan deal at Napoli but is likely to start the season behind Simon Mignolet in the pecking order for playing time.

The Serie A club, managed by former Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez, are interested in a permanent deal, but are refusing to meet the 3.95 million pounds release clause in his contract.

Reina's preferred destination would be Spain, but the former Barcelona shot-stopper accepts he will have to wait for an opportunity in the Primera Division to arise.

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"I have a contract to respect with Liverpool. I'm training well and I am perfectly fine with my teammates," the 31-year-old Reina said.

"I am here to stay. I have not talked to Brendan Rodgers, I've been here for only four days and I am just thinking of training to my best and getting back into shape.

"At the moment all the big Spanish teams are covered in my role, so I see it as very difficult to return to Spain.

"It's normal though that over the years you want to return to where you came from, so we'll see.

"When Rafa Benitez signed me at Liverpool in 2005, I accepted and said that I would be back a little later in Spain. He replied: 'We'll see'.

"It's amazing that 10 years later I am still away from Spain and that it was he who brought me to Napoli last year."


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