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Pepe Reina rules out England return

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Pepe Reina has admitted that it would be hard for him to return to Liverpool when his loan stint at Napoli expires and has suggested a move to America is appealing.

Reina made the temporary switch to the Italian club after his parent club signed Simon Mignolet from Sunderland in reported cost-cutting measures.

The 31-year-old was reunited with former boss Rafa Benitez, who he worked with at the Premier League club for five years, and he has admitted that it would be hard to return to England given the circumstances.

"I would like to try to do something different in the future," he was quoted as dying by Diario de la Roja.

"Maybe America or something like that.

"My idea is to have three or four good years somewhere and then, after that, go somewhere else for a couple more years.

"I think I have five or six years left.

"Nothing has been confirmed yet but I’ve got the feeling that Napoli are happy with me and I think they will talk to Liverpool to see what the situation is.

"It would be hard for me to go back to England.

"Liverpool have signed a 26-year-old goalkeeper [Simon Mignolet], they have got rid of me for economic reasons apparently and it is difficult to see that situation changing."

Despite the appeal of signing with a team in the MLS, Reina has spoken of his delight at playing with Napoli and believes he is currently living a much better life than he did at Liverpool.

"I have returned to having fun, with a coach with whom I love to work," he added.

"Every day is much easier than it was before. I am happy, I am very well adapted and so is my family.

"The affection of the people is awesome. And then there’s a life which is quite different to Liverpool. In Liverpool we did much at home.

"Here we go out a lot more because the weather allows that. There are more opportunities to do things.

"Napoli fits in with my character. My way of being, of living, of thinking, I identify with the way the Neapolitans are."

Reina spent eight seasons as a Liverpool player before he was loaned out to Napoli, with the Spaniard having won the FA Cup and the League Cup during his time at Anfield.

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