Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina have shed light on his immediate future. Reina was expected to depart to Napoli after Liverpool had negotiated a £3.95 million release clause in his loan contract with Napoli, however the Italian club have failed to meet Liverpool's evaluation - Reina's £100,000 a week wages thought to be the downfall - and he looks set to stay.
“I have a contract to respect with Liverpool. I’m training well and I am perfectly fine with my team-mates,” he told the Spanish radio station Cadena Ser.
“I am here to stay. I have not talked to Brendan Rodgers.
"I've been here for only four days and I am just thinking of training to my best and getting back into shape.
Reina, 31, did admit that he wished to move back to Spain and finish off his career there. Though he was pragmatic to the timing of such as move,
"At the moment all the big Spanish teams are covered in my role, so I see it as very difficult to return to Spain.
“It’s normal though that over the years you want to return to where you came from, so we’ll see. "When Rafa Benítez signed me at Liverpool in 2005, I accepted and said that I would be back a little later in Spain. He replied: ‘We’ll see.’
“It’s amazing that 10 years later I am still away from Spain and that it was he who brought me to Napoli last year.”
Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers was more circumspect as where Reina's future lies: “He is back in training and working."
“Pepe made it clear last year where he is at. He is working well and there has been no real conversation as yet. He is just working hard to get fit and we will see what happens over the next few weeks.”