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Thursday 22 February 2018

Reina leaves door open to move

Jamie Holland

LIVERPOOL goalkeeper Jose Reina insists his situation is clear and that, "in principle", he plans to remain at the club.

However, the Spain international, who has been linked with a return to former club Barcelona, admits moving to a bigger club would give him the chance to improve.

Speculation over the 30-year-old's future has been ongoing and, when current Barca 'keeper Victor Valdes announced he would not be signing a new contract when his current deal expires next year, it intensified.

But Valdes, linked with big-spending French side Monaco, has stated he intends to see out his remaining 12 months at the Nou Camp and that puts any potential move for Reina in doubt.

The 30-year-old has left the door open to an Anfield exit but said he intends to stay. "My situation is clear. I have a three-year contract with Liverpool, although in football you can never tell," he said.

Liverpool have already begun looking for a replacement for Reina, one of the highest earners on their wage bill, and have identified Sunderland's Belgium international Simon Mignolet as the primary candidate.

Irish Independent

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