Pepe Reina was part of Barcelona’s C and B youth side between 1999 and 2000, before he was promoted to the first team, where he played for two years.
He later on moved to Villarreal, but was signed by Premier League club Liverpool after having over a century of appearances for the Yellow Submarine.
But now, Barcelona are looking for options following the imminent departure of their first-choice goalkeeper Victor Valdes this summer. With their eyes set on more silverware next season, La Liga champions are aiming for a strong shot-stopper to ameliorate their defence.
Evidently, having seen Reina rise through La Masia’s ranks, Barca are keen on signing back the Liverpool goalie during the next transfer window.
Unsurprisingly, the 30-year-old, who has 26 caps for the Spanish national team, is pleased to know that he is being valued by the 22-time Spanish League winners.
However, he insists that he is happy at Liverpool, and that he would not hesitate to honour his contract with the Reds to the full extent, even if that means reducing his chances of a possible move to Spain in the near future.
“I have three years with Liverpool. I am satisfied, at ease and my family is thrilled,” he told Spanish radio network Cadena SER.
“Rumours are difficult to control, but I am flattered when a club like Barca is interested [in me].”
Reina recalled his years at the Catalan club, specifying that he had played over 50 games for the Blaugrana when he was still less than 20 years old. He admitted that his period at Barcelona helped him evolve as a player, and that at the time, he had no intention of leaving his homeland.
But he clarified that the then-unsatisfying status of the club forced the staff to give away a few of their performers, which explains how he eventually parted ways with Los Cules.
Asked if he could once again join Barcelona this year, Reina replied: “I don’t know if there have been contacts between the clubs [Barcelona and Liverpool] or my agent.
“For now, I don’t think there is anything very serious.”
Pepe Reina was signed by Liverpool in July 2005. He has since started over 380 times for the Reds, with vast experience in the Premier League, League Cup and FA Cup, as well as in UEFA Champions League and Europa League.
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