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Pepe Reina in talks to cancel Liverpool contract

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Pepe Reina looks to be on his way out of Liverpool this summer, with speculation suggesting that he is in talks with the club over the potential cancellation of his contract.

This information comes courtesy of reports from the Italian press cited by The Daily Star, which claim that Reina - whose current deal at Anfield is believed to contain a clause which means he can be bought by potential suitors for   - is not content with the lack of movement on a potential transfer and is looking for the Reds to allow him to terminate his stay on Merseyside two years early.

Indeed, the same source also claims that Reina has a preference for a return to his native Spain.

Disappointing end

If such an agreement can be struck, it would represent a disappointing end to Reina's nine-year stint at Liverpool.

Having been brought to the club from Villarreal by Rafael Benitez back in 2005, 31-year-old Reina went on to become an influential figure at Liverpool, firmly establishing himself as the club's undisputed first-choice goalkeeper and winning both English domestic cup competitions as well as the Community Shield and UEFA Supercup.

Unfortunately, however, Reina's influence gradually reduced following the arrival of Brendan Rodgers and last summer's purchase of Belgian international Simon Mignolet led to Reina departing the club to reunite with Benitez at Napoli on a season-long loan deal.

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Spain preference

Despite Reina impressing in 30 Serie A appearances in Serie A, it is unclear if Napoli are intent to bring him back to the Stadio San Paolo in time for the 2013/14 campaign.

Even if they did, it is far from certain that Reina would be content to return to Italy, given that aforementioned wish to return to La Liga.

In truth, the writing has been firmly etched on the wall for Reina at Liverpool for quite some time now.

While Mignolet did not totally convince during his first season at the club, it is clear that he will remain Rodgers' first-choice moving forward.

While there can be no question that Reina - who earns approximately £100,000-per-week at Anfield - is a far more accomplished back-up option than Brad Jones, it seems the Spaniard is simply not content to play second fiddle to anyone at this stage of his career.

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