Tuesday, 22nd January, 2013

The father of Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina feels that his son would enjoy playing for Barcelona once again, while he himself would love to see the custodian between the sticks for the Blaugrana.

Reina was developed at Barcelona and rose through the club’s C and B team to make his senior bow. However, with the competition for a starting spot tough, he left for Villarreal in 2002.

The 30-year-old is now at Liverpool, where he has been a fixture for some time and is a firm fan favourite.

But, with goalkeeper Victor Valdes indicating that he will not sign a new contract with Barcelona and will leave when his current deal expires in 2014, the Camp Nou giants are starting to consider who might replace the Catalan.


And Reina’s name has been mentioned.

It is something his father believes the goalkeeper would like, while he himself would certainly be keen.

Miguel Reina told La Xarxa that he is "absolutely convinced that Pepe would love to return to his Barcelona."

He then admitted that: "I would love him to return to Barca, what father would not want to see his son at the club?

"I already have, but to do so again it would be extraordinary, selfishly I say yes, I would like him to come back."

And Miguel Reina thinks his son would certainly be up for the challenge of being the number 1 goalkeeper at the best club side in world football at present.

"Pepe has shown what type of goalkeeper he is and, today, I think he would be worthy in the circumstances, indeed, he would be the ideal goalkeeper for FC Barcelona, without a doubt."

It could prove difficult for Barcelona to secure Reina though if they come to the conclusion that he represents the best possible successor for Valdes.

The Spaniard is on a long-term contract with Liverpool, who would surely demand a large price to sell him to the Catalan giants.

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