Ever since the news broke that Victor Valdes has declined a new contract with Barcelona, there have been rumours and reports about who would be the new number one at the Nou Camp and when they would be coming. Some thought that Barca would move quickly and sign a new keeper in January, but Valdes has not demanded an instant move, just said that he wants to try somewhere else before his career ends.
One player heavily linked with the job is the Liverpool and Spain keeper Pepe Reina. The 30-year old is the son of former Barca keeper Miguel Reina and joined La Masia academy as a six year old. He worked his way through the C and B teams and played in 49 first team games before moving to Villareal then Liverpool.
It is no wonder, then, that he speaks very highly of the club, and this has led to reports that he will be coming back to Spain at the end of the season. Reina does not want to appear disrespectful to Liverpool and the fans, however, so he stopped short of saying that he wants to move.
“Barcelona is the best club in the world.
“I know what it means because I trained there as a player and as a person.
“It’s a surprise Valdes wants to leave. Rumours about me replacing him? I’ve a contract at Liverpool until 2016 and I want to honour it.”
Reina found his starting place under threat at the start of the season from the Australian Brad Jones, but seems to have cemented his place again, especially when there was talk of him moving on. It does suggest, however, that Liverpool would be willing to listen to offers for Reina at the end of the season.
Barcelona have made it clear to Valdes that there is still time to change his mind and stay at the club, so we will have to wait and see what happens.