Barcelona legend Xavi Hernandez has stated he would love to see Pepe Reina make a return to the club he once graduated from and succeed current goalkeeper Victor Valdes. 

The current Catalan keeper his expected to leave Barcelona in the summer - with Monaco amongst a host of possible destinations - leaving the Spanish champions in need of a worthy replacement. 

Borussia Monchengladbach's Marc-Andre ter Stegen - as well as Chelsea loan star Thibaut Courtois - have been linked with the role, but the majestic midfield maestro has announced his preferred choice. 

"Reina as the replacement [for Valdes]? He has a great level," he told El Mundo Deportivo in an interview that was quoted by talkSPORT.

"I am not doing the work in the transfer market, but beyond our friendship I can say he is an extraordinary goalkeeper who would fit in very well here because he knows the club.

"It does not depend on me but I would love it very much."

The current Napoli shot-stopper has been linked with a return to his childhood club previously and has never hidden his admiration for Barcelona.

After seemingly making it known that he has little desire to return to Liverpool after his loan spell, a move to Barcelona could offer him a match-made in heaven escape route. 

Reina joined Liverpool from Villarreal back in July 2005 and went on to establish himself as the club's undisputed first-choice stopper during his subsequent eight year stint at Anfield.

He fell our of favour this summer under Brendan Rodgers, however, with the Northern Irishman choosing to draft in former Sunderland star Simon Mignolet to play between the sticks.

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