Pepe Reina has admitted that he is ‘flattered’ by links of a return to Barcelona, but that he is not getting worked up over just rumours.
The Liverpool goalkeeper has been named as one of the possible candidates the Catalans are looking at bringing in this summer to begin the process of replacing the outgoing Victor Valdes.
“I have three years more with Liverpool. I am happy, at ease and my family is too. Rumours are difficult to control, but I am flattered when a club like Barca is interested,” reflected Reina this week on Cadena SER.
The 30-year-old came through the youth ranks at Barcelona and spent two seasons in the first team, over 10 years ago.
“It is a club I know well, it is the club where I grew up. And anyone would be excited to play at a club like Barca.
“I do not know if there has been contact between the clubs or my agents. It is all down to my representatives and until something very firm develops I will not get worked up.
“So, for now, I do not believe there is anything serious.
“My first years at Barcelona were very good, I have no feeling of having not succeeded there. I played more than 50 games, when I was less than 20, it helped me grow tremendously.
“I would have liked to have played more, of course, but we shouldn’t make a big thing of it. At that time the club was not well and may not have had the patience necessary.”