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Feb 8, 2011

Reina coy on possible United move

Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina has appeared to soften his stance on a possible Anfield exit, though he refused to be drawn on whether he would consider a shock switch to Manchester United.

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Reina, 28, signed a six-year deal with the Reds last April but, with United in the hunt for a new No. 1 because of Edwin van der Sar's impending retirement, the Spaniard's name has been among those linked with a move to Old Trafford.

Reina has admitted the prospect of regularly challenging for trophies would be a major draw if he were to move away from Anfield, although he was coy on talk of him becoming the first player to move directly from Liverpool to United since Allenby Chilton in 1938.

"Yes, well, Van der Sar will hang up his gloves in the summer so of course they are looking," Reina told Spanish radio station Ondo Sera. "I can't do anything. I can't say anything logically as I have a contract with Liverpool.

"Of course, one likes to fight for titles and be in a team that does that. We always fought to be in the Champions League and tried to win the title, but unfortunately it hasn't been the case in the last couple of years. I won't lie - I want to play in the Champions League and challenge for titles."

In January, Reina pledged his future to Liverpool, insisting that he would honour his contract with the Merseysiders.

"I'm tired of rumours linking me with many teams in England and abroad," he told the Daily Star Sunday. "I am a man of my word and commitment. I will honour my contract with Liverpool. Stories of these offers are not true. I have not spoken to anyone - ever - and I am 100% a Liverpool player.

"Since I've been here, I've found an incredible passion - more than I thought from Spain. Liverpool as a club is sacred, it is something special. Being Liverpool's goalkeeper is a privilege. For now, I just want to win trophies for them."

The former Villarreal goalkeeper could honour his contract and still follow compatriot Fernando Torres out of the club, should reports of a summer buyout clause prove true.

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