Pepe Reina looks set to stay at Liverpool for next season, despite speculation mounting that he was fed up with not winning trophies, according to The Sun.
The Liverpool goalkeeper appeared set to leave the Kop in the summer, with ex Liverpool goalkeeper Nikolay Mihaylov and Hugo Lloris looking likely replacements, as well as a list of other names in the pipeline.
Mihaylov was recently quoted as saying he was sure Reina was leaving to head to a club in Spain.
“I know from my agent Pepe Reina wants to go back to Spain," he said.
"His desire dates back one or two years. He's one of the best keepers in the world but his form is not as it should be in a club like Liverpool.”
While Reina had signed a six year deal six months ago, a £20 million release clause was inserted into his contract, giving weight to Mihaylov's beliefs.
But it appears Mihaylov might be wrong, as Reina has praised Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish on a number of occasions now, indicating that the goalkeeper might indeed stay with Liverpool after all.
"He's a legend in Liverpool - and I mean a legend because sometimes that word is used too much for other people.
“Kenny knows exactly what the [Liverpool] people think and what the supporters want to see.”
Dalglish has ensured a resurrection of Liverpool, with the club going from facing relegation to challenging for Europa League qualification. If Reina does believe that Dalglish knows what Liverpool people want, the goalkeeper will surely know that the people want trophies and Champions League qualification, which is what Reina wants too.
Dalglish recently made a personal appeal to Reina to stay with Liverpool, telling reporters: “I can't speak for Pepe Reina on how he sees it and believes it's going.
“I can only tell you about how me personally and the club as a whole feels about him.
“Whatever he feels about us going in the right direction or not is up to him, but he doesn't look too unhappy to me.
“I have always believed he is one of the best in the Premiership, if not the best, maybe even in football.”
And so through Dalglish’s personal appeals to Reina, the Spaniard is looking poised to stay with the Anfield club.