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Pepe Reina admits Liverpool return looks likely

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Pepe Reina admits he is likely to return to Liverpool this summer even though he doesn't believe he is in Brendan Rodger's plans.

The Spain international has spent the season on loan in Serie A where he had an impressive season with Napoli.

Rodgers has already hinted that Reina will not be returning to Anfield, instead opting to sell him on a permanent basis in the summer but interest in the £90,000-a-week star has dwindled.

Reina was a target for both Atletico Madrid and Barcelona but the player himself admits he is unlikely to join either of the clubs and will have to return to Liverpool and talk to the club about his future.

With Simon Mignolet impressing for Liverpool in his debut season, it looks as though Reina has no place in the Liverpool squad. The 31-year-old says he will focus on his World Cup campaign with Spain before returning to Merseyside.

"Right now I'm only thinking of La Roja (Spain's national team)," Reina is quoted as saying by Sky Sports.

"With regards to a new club, I will first have to speak to Liverpool.

"My season on loan at Napoli has been very positive and I thank the Napoli people and the club.

"With Barcelona there is nothing, they have just acquired (German goalkeeper) Marc-Andre Ter Stegen, hence they have that role covered.

"I haven't had any contact either with Atletico Madrid, I think they will do all they can to keep (Thibaut) Courtois.

"I will return to be a Liverpool player but I think I'm not in the coaching plans."

Reina made 106 saves and kept nine clean sheets for Rafa Benitez's Napoli side last season but no word on a permanent move to the Serie A outfit is yet to emerge.

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