Benitez looking to seal Reina deal

Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez has revealed that talks are ongoing with Pepe Reina and his agent over the Spanish goalkeeper signing a new deal at the club.

After more world class performances in the Reds goal this season, Benitez is eager to get a deal drawn up to extend Reina’s stay at Anfield.

Reina, who moved to Merseyside in the summer of 2005 still has two and a half years to run on his current contract, which he signed in 2007.

Benitez told the club’s official web site, “We have had conversations with his agent and he knows our idea. We also know his idea.

“The conversations will continue and I think it will be easy to finalise and have an agreement.

“His mentality is really good and we are really happy with him. In a top side you have to be a good goalkeeper for 90 minutes.

“He has a great character and he is always pushing his teammates. He is a leader on the pitch too.”

In November, Reina told of his desire to sign a contract extension. He said, “Rafa Benitez is building something special here. He proved that when he came here – the club was one thing and now it’s something totally different. We have grown up and we can still grow up a little bit more.”