The Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina has eased fears at the club that he may try to leave this summer by talking openly about his desire to stay and “fight for titles” at Anfield.
The Spain international had suggested previously this season that he might try to further his career away from Liverpool, like Xabi Alonso and Fernando Torres, if the club failed to meet his ambitions. But the 28-year-old, who is believed to have a £20m release clause in his current five-year contract, now appears to see a future for himself at a club that has been rejuvenated under the caretaker manager, Kenny Dalglish.
“I am happy, calm and comfortable here,” Reina told the Spanish radio station Cadena Cope. “[I am] looking towards the future which I reckon will bring a lot of happiness and hopefully the new project with the new American owners [Fenway Sports Group] will be a convincing one.
“Obviously [Rafael] Benítez brought me here but that doesn’t mean that I’m unhappy with [Kenny] Dalglish, quite the opposite. I think he’s the ideal man for Liverpool at this moment.
“It’s my understanding, and based on what I’ve gathered from the people here, that we will be bringing in some important players, continuing to grow and hopefully in one or two years we will be in the place that Liverpool deserves to be, which is fighting for titles.”
Reina had been linked with Manchester United but moved to ease Liverpool fans’ concerns that he might be an option to replace Edwin van der Sar at the end of the season. “I am not going to Manchester, that is not my intention,” he said. “I don’t know if I am a candidate for them; I am sure that they have evaluated a lot of goalkeepers, not just [David] De Gea or Reina.”