Rafa Benitez’s Napoli want to keep Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina

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Pepe Reina could be set to sign for Napoli on a permanent basis after the Serie A club confirmed their intentions to keep him at the Stadio San Paolo.

SWANSEA, WALES - Thursday, February 20, 2014: SSC Napoli's goalkeeper Pepe Reina during the UEFA Europa League Round of 32 1st Leg match against Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)
Pepe Reina during the UEFA Europa League Round of 32 1st Leg match against Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Former Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez signed Reina to Napoli on a season-long loan deal last summer when Brendan Rodgers replaced him with Simon Mignolet at Liverpool.

Despite an underwhelming league campaign, Napoli won the Coppa Italia last weekend, defeating Fiorentina 3-1 in the final.

After a season on uncertainty about his future, now Napoli Sports Director Riccardo Bigon says he hopes to sign Reina permanently from Liverpool.

“Reina is a very important player both on the field and off,” Bigon told +N tv, with quotes translated by Sky Sports.

“At the end of the season we will talk with him and Liverpool, we are interested to hold him here.

“He has been fine in Naples, he has a very close relationship with the coach (Rafa Benitez) and also his family has settled very well.”

Reina spent eight seasons at Liverpool, accumulating 395 appearances and winning the FA Cup in 2006 and League Cup in 2012.

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