Pepe Reina’s father has today commented that the goalkeeper would be ‘more than delighted to return to Barcelona’ should the opportunity arise.
Reina has been linked with a return to the Camp Nou in light of Victor Valdes’ confirmed desire not to renew his contract with Barca beyond June 2014.
According to the Liverpool goalkeeper’s father, the opportunity for him to return to the club that he developed at before leaving over a decade ago would not be passed up.
“I am absolutely convinced that Pepe would be delighted to return to Barcelona,” reflected the Miguel Reina to laxarxa.com today.
“I would love to see him back. What father would not like to see his son play for Barca? I did it, but it would be extraordinary again, if it happened.”
“He did well from the moment he arrived there as a 12-year-old to when he left. I think Pepe has sufficiently demonstrated since then the quality of goalkeeper that he is.
As a former La Masia graduate, Reina has the ability – particularly with the ball at his feet – to fit into Tito Vilanova’s side’s style of play, his father said.
“Pepe has shown the measure of the goalkeeper he is and I believe he would be up to the task,” he said. “Even more, he would be the ideal goalkeeper for Barcelona, without any doubt.”
Miguel Reina kept goal for Barca for seven seasons in the late 1960s and early 70s, and recently began working back at the club as a goalkeeping coach.
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