Pepe Reina has backed Iago Aspas to become a success at Liverpool if he completes a move from Celta Vigo.
Aspas, 25, is reportedly on the verge of a £7.7 million move to Anfield where he will sign a four-year contract. Able to play as a main forward, second striker, or out wide, Aspas broke into the first team in 2008 after emerging from the club’s academy.
The player appeared to confirm the move, and is quoted by Spanish newspaper Marca as saying: “When I heard of Liverpool’s interest I did not hesitate even for a minute. It is one of the biggest clubs in the world and although I also had offers from Italy and Portugal and other countries I decided that my future was in English football.
“I am very calm but at the same time very excited because I am making a very significant step forward in my sporting career.”
And Reina is impressed by Liverpool’s latest potential acquisition, saying of his fellow Spaniard: “I haven’t played with him or against him. He is much younger than me and during my time in England is when he came through the different divisions at Celta.
“I know as much as I have seen on TV and I think he is a great player and could be a great addition.
“I’ve been asking around and everyone talks well about him so hopefully he will be an asset for us and will be very helpful for the team.”
Meanwhile, Reina has also moved to dismiss reports that he could leave Liverpool this summer, saying he cannot control speculation and insisting he is happy at the club.
“It has never been a distraction for me,” he said. “My mind is pretty much in Liverpool as a person. I know the rumours and the talks in the press is something you cannot control.
“To come away with Spain somehow is good because it keeps your mind a little busier and focus on the national team right now. I can guarantee you my future is in Liverpool right now.”