Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina says that he has no issue with the signing of Sunderland’s Simon Mignolet and will not allow it to force him out of the Merseyside club.
Speaking while on international duty with Spain at the Confederations Cup Reina said his position at Liverpool remains the same, “It has not changed a bit. I have said it many times, I’m very comfortable and very happy at Liverpool.
“Every team needs competitors, and when it’s positive it is more than welcome. If it is finally done I’ll welcome him a lot, and anything he needs, I’m here.”
Reina has been linked heavily with a move to Barcelona as the Catalan giants look to life beyond Victor Valdes who is out of contract next season and has spoken openly of his desire to experience football in another country while he can.
Brendan Rodgers has sanctioned an £11million deal for 24 year old Belgian and he is expected to complete his medical at the club’s Melwood training facilities today before ironing out the personal terms of his contract.
It is believed that the club will pay £9million up front with the further £2million relating to adds-ons and performance related triggers.
The Spanish keeper is under contract the Reds until 2016 when he will be 33 and will likely have to start the season as second choice behind the new player if he stays at the club.
The arrival of Mignolet is part of an early signing spree at Liverpool which has already seen the arrival of Manchester City defender Kolo Toure on a free transfer, Seville striker Luis Alberto and Celto Vigo forward Iago Aspas.
The arrival of the attacking players to the club has lead to an increased level of speculation that Uruguayan Luis Suarez will depart the club this window but Rodgers says the club are in control of the situation and do not want to sell the player.
“It’s quite simple, the club is in complete control of the situation. I will always listen to players. I always work closely with players and always listen to their point of view but the biggest word is with the club,” Rodgers added.
“We’re in a situation where we’ve got a player who we don’t want to lose. We’re trying to build something here and he’s a very important part of that and because of the type of player he is, he will always give his best.”