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ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Rodgers hopeful of Reina stay

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has said he expects Pepe Reina to remain with the club next season, despite rumours linking him with a move to Barcelona.

Pepe Reina believes Liverpool have built the base for success
Liverpool expect Pepe Reina to extend his contract with the club

Uncertainty over the future of Barca goalkeeper Victor Valdes has made Reina a target for the Catalan giants and the Spaniard is yet to secure an extension with Liverpool.

Reina's ties with Barcelona - having spent three seasons at the club - and his father's public comments suggesting a return to the Camp Nou is imminent have fuelled suggestions of a summer move.

But Rodgers believes the 30-year-old is happy at Anfield and does not plan on moving back to Spain.

 

"I think a lot of the stuff this year has been based on speculation with Valdes going, or possibly going, and there have been links they [Barcelona] will be in for another keeper," Rodgers said. "His dad has also said some things. But I see him as someone who is hopefully going to be here. He is 30 years of age and is someone who looks after his body.  

 

"Pepe and I speak a lot. He’s a good man and I’ve got real respect for him as a player and as a human being. He understands everything we are trying to do here and is a great voice in the little debriefing meetings we have with the group and with the defenders and other goalkeepers.

"He understands everything we are trying to do here and is a great voice in the little debriefing meetings we have with the group and with the defenders and other goalkeepers. He has never been unsettled and our relationship is very strong. I have given him and a few of the senior boys real responsibility and I think they have enjoyed that."

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