Reina pens new Reds deal

07 June 2007 03:27
Goalkeeper Pepe Reina has pledged his long-term future to Liverpool after signing a new five-year contract which will keep him at Anfield until 2012. The Spaniard has followed captain Steven Gerrard and defensive lynchpin Jamie Carragher in putting pen to paper on new deals as manager Rafael Benitez seeks to tie his key players down to lengthy contracts. Reina arrived at Anfield two years ago in a £6million transfer from Valencia where he had worked under Benitez. The 24-year-old started his career at Barcelona and has won two international caps. "It was always my wish to sign a new deal because this is a good club which is looking forward to a very ambitious and attractive project," he told the club's official website. "The details of the contract were very straightforward. (Chief executive) Rick Parry and the American owners made everything easy and in the end it was a good solution for the club and a good solution for me. "I spoke with Rafa and his thoughts for the future really excited me. He has ambitions for the team which I want to be part of and I'm sure the other players feel the same. "Our fans deserve the league title and that's what we'll be looking for. "Seventeen years without winning it is far too long for this club and that's why our biggest target next year has to be the Premiership."

Source: ESA