Transfer talk

Reina cools Liverpool exit talk

February 18, 2013
By ESPN staff

Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina has brushed off reports linking him with a summer move to Barcelona, labelling it "speculation" and insisting he is happy at Anfield.

Pepe Reina celeb v Young Boys
PA PhotosPepe Reina played for Barcelona between 2000 and 2002 before moving to Villarreal

Reina's form has been a notch below his usual high standards for the Reds this term and it has been suggested he has become unsettled at the club.

Barcelona are on the lookout for a new keeper with Victor Valdes deciding not to sign a new contract and Reina's name has cropped up.

The Spain international, who has a contract on Merseyside until 2014, did not categorically rule out a move, but the insists he is in no rush to leave Liverpool.

"Any talk of me joining Barca is just speculation," Reina told Radio Marca. "I've got a contract at Liverpool and I'm very happy here.

"I am sure Victor Valdes with have his reasons for deciding to leave Barcelona. I respect him. He's my (Spain) team-mate and friend. He'll be leaving with his head held high, as he's given his all to Barcelona."

Reina's Reds team-mate Luis Suarez is another player who has been linked with a move to Spain, but the keeper cannot see the Uruguayan moving on any time soon.

"I can't see Luis Suarez playing in La Liga," Reina said. "I think he'll stay at Liverpool. He's a great player."