Kenny Dalglish insists Pepe Reina won't swap Liverpool for Manchester United

11 February 2011 03:37
Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish has rejected rumours linking Pepe Reina with a move away from Anfield.

Reina hinted that Dalglish risked losing him to rivals Manchester United if the Reds failed to reach to the Champions League for the second year in a row in an interview on a Spanish radio station earlier this week. 

United and Arsenal are firm admirers of Liverpool's No 1 yet they will have tobe prepared to pay the ?20million stipulated in his release clause toprise Reina away from Merseyside.

Interview: Reina arose speculation about his future when he suggested he could replace Van der Sar at United

However Dalglish is confident Reina will stay at Liverpool for the foreseeable future and help the club return to the Champions League.

'We have a fantastic goalkeeper and he will be here for a long, long time,' said Dalglish.

'The Champions League is what everyone here wants to get to. For us it's only been a year where we've not had it and that's what we want to get back. It should be the same for every player, we should all be aiming for that.'

Confident Kenny: Dalglish believes Reina will stay put

Reina, 28, signed a newsix-year deal last April but wants to play in the Champions League and will not make any decision about hisfuture until the summer.

United boss Sir Alex Ferguson made tentative approaches to the previous Anfieldownership in the summer about a ?20million bid for Reina.

That wasrebuffed, but the Scot's need for a safe pair of hands has beenaccentuated by the confirmation of Edwin van der Sar that he wouldretire at the end of the current campaign.

When asked onSpanish radio station Onda Cero last week about whether his future laywith his current employers or with their fierce rivals, Reina wasnon-committal.

He said: 'I won't lie, I want to play in the Champions League and challenge for titles.

'Van der Sar will hang up his gloves in the summer so of course[United] are looking. I can't do anything. I can't say anythinglogically as I have a contract with Liverpool.

'Of courseone likes to fight for titles and be in a team that does that. Wealways fought to be in the Champions League and try to win the title.But unfortunately it hasn't been the case in the last couple of years.'

Liverpoolhave enjoyed a resurgence under Kenny Dalglish, winning four games in arow, and are just six points outside the coveted fourth ChampionsLeague spot.

 Reina opens the door to Man United switch as replacement for Van der Sar Arsenal and Manchester United will have to pay ?20m to prise Pepe Reina away from LiverpoolLIVERPOOL FC

Source: Daily_Mail

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