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Rodgers rules out Reina return to Liverpool

ESPN staff
February 28, 2014
Pepe Reina teamed up with former Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez at Napoli © Getty Images

Pepe Reina's chances of resurrecting his Liverpool career after his loan stint at Napoli have been dismissed by manager Brendan Rodgers.

Reina, 31, moved to Italy on a season's loan last July, linking up with his former Reds boss Rafael Benitez, now in charge at the Stadio San Paolo.

On his departure for Napoli, Reina published on his website what he called a "goodbye letter for Liverpool's fans", in which he claimed the decision to leave Anfield was not his.

He also wrote that he was looking forward to playing for Benitez, "who I consider the best manager I have worked with", a comment that did little to impress Rodgers.

Earlier this month, though, he was reported as saying that he planned to return to Liverpool at the end of his loan spell and see out his contract, which runs until 2016.

Simon Mignolet, signed from Sunderland for £9 million shortly before Reina's departure, is now firmly established as Liverpool's first-choice goalkeeper.

And Reina is likely to be sold this summer to free up more money for Rodgers to strengthen his squad.

"He's already written his letter, hasn't he? He wrote a goodbye letter, didn't he?" Rodgers told the Daily Mirror.

"I was surprised at the letter. When you are a loan player, I would expect that he should come back, but obviously Pepe made it very clear when he went to Napoli that he was looking to move.

"He penned a great big letter saying he was going to work with the best manager that he'd worked with and thanked him for his time for Liverpool. So, for me, it probably sounded like he'd made his decision there."

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