Father of Liverpool goalkeeper hopes Barcelona come knocking


Pepe Reina’s father hopes Barcelona make a move for his son.

The future of the 30-year-old has been of some speculation of late, as Brendan Rodgers is believed to be looking at recruiting a new goalkeeper for next season. It has been suggested that the Liverpool coach is determined to win the race for Birmingham City’s Jack Butland, 19, who is expected to challenge Joe Hart for the England jersey in the future.

Reina has in the past been a target for Arsenal, who failed with a £20million bid back in 2010, and Arsene Wenger would likely make a fresh bid if his availability comes clear. Manchester United have also been credited with an interest, but considering the fierce rivalry between the two clubs, such a transfer would be a huge surprise.

Another club who are said to be keeping tabs on the former Villarreal ace is Barcelona. Current number one Victor Valdes will be in the final year of his contract during the summer, and he is reluctant to extend his stay further despite being tied to the Catalan giants since rejoining their youth ranks in 1995 after a three-year spell at Tenerife.

If Barca do make a move for Reina, this will certainly please his father. Miguel Reina played more than 100 times for the Camp Nou giants from 1966 to 1973, and also picked up his five international caps during this time. Reina senior now hopes to see his son follow in his footsteps, and given a chance, he is sure Pepe would take it.

"I am absolutely convinced that Pepe would be more than delighted to return to his Barcelona,” he told La Xerxa.  "I say it publicly: I would be delighted to see Pepe back at Barca, of course I would. What father would not like to see his son at Barca?

“He has already been there but to return would be extraordinary. Pepe has shown sufficient proof of the calibre of goalkeeper he is and right now - and sorry for the lack of modesty - he would be up to the task and the ideal keeper for FC Barcelona."

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