Liverpool’s Pepe Reina has been linked with a move to Old Trafford- along with nearly every other goalkeeper on Europe- for the past few months.
With transfers between United and Liverpool about as common as a City trophy win, the smart money is on Reina plying his trade at Anfield next season.
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However recent comments the Spanish stopper has made to the press indicate that like Fernando Torres, Xabi Alonso and Javier Mascherano, Reina may not be all that enamoured of Liverpool Football club.
According to a report in the Guardian Reina said: “Liverpool is still Liverpool and always will be bigger than any player. The club belongs to its fans and the fans’ loyalty is to the club – not a player or a passport. Kenny Dalglish was absolutely right: anyone that doesn’t want to be at Liverpool can leave. Players will come and go.”
“I am not, announcing my departure – far from it. I’ve said lots of times I’m very happy in England and comfortable at Liverpool.
“But I’m not prepared to swear eternal love to anyone. That’s impossible. Any player who says that is lying. I can’t say much because I have a contract with Liverpool. But eternal love doesn’t exist. No one is master of his own destiny. When a player is at club he has to give everything – that is all you can ask of him.”
Reina’s refusal to ‘swear eternal love to anyone’ has already been seen as a delcaration that he is willing to move away from Anfield.
With Sir Alex Ferguson desperate to find a replacement for the retiring Edwin Van Der Sar before the beginning of next season, could Reina be the ideal replacement.
With plenty of Premier League not to mention Champion’s League experience, Reina could arguably be the perfect man to take over the number one shirt.
Would you welcome the Liverpool man at Old Trafford?