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Pepe Reina will buy his way out of Liverpool contract

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Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina will buy himself out of his contract at the end of the season, according to the Daily Mirror.

The Spanish international has spent the season on loan at Napoli where he has been reunited with Rafa Benitez, who originally brought him to Anfield in 2005. Reina recently admitted Benitez was the best manager he has ever worked with.

Although still a Liverpool player, Brendan Rodgers has already stated that there is no place for the goalkeeper at Anfield. Now the goalkeeper is ready to active a contract clause to escape the last two years of his deal - set at £4.5m.

During an interview with the BBC, Reina had suggested that he would be open to a return to Anfield but Rodgers immediately shot that down, insisting Reina had already said goodbye to the club, pointing to the letter he released when moving to Napoli.

Rodgers told reporters: "I was surprised at the letter - when you are a loan player I would expect that he should come back, but obviously Pepe made it very clear when he went to Napoli that he was looking to move.

"He penned a great big letter saying he was going to work with the best manager that he'd worked with and thanked for his time for Liverpool. So for me it probably sounded like he'd made his decision there."

Reina now faces a decision regarding his future. With Atletico Madrid and Napoli both interested in his services, Reina can buy his way out of his contract and invite further interest as a free agent.

Although, after his comments about Benitez, it looks highly likely that he will sign on a permanent basis with the Serie A outfit.

He doesn't rule out a return to Liverpool though. In that interview with the BBC, he said: "That is what the manager says apparently but I have two years left on my contract.

"Liverpool got another goalkeeper and they told me they were happy to loan me for a season. It was strange but I don't regret it.

"There are always up and downs in a career and in the last two-and-a-half years at Liverpool there were different methods and perhaps I didn't do as good as I used to with Rafa.

"He (Benitez) is the best manager I've ever had, I've ever worked with."

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