Cesc Fabregas has welcomed speculation that Barcelona’s replacement for Victor Valdes next summer may prove to be Pepe Reina.
Rumours are that the Liverpool-owned shot-stopper, who is on a year-long loan at Napoli, may be in line to replace his international colleague between the sticks at the Camp Nou.
“One of the things that Pepe can bring is that he knows all of us,” Fabregas reflected to Radio Catalunya this week.
“He provides for a very good atmosphere in the dressing room and is experienced.”
Barca are seen as in the market for a new goalkeeper in light of Valdes’ stated desire to leave at the end of his current contract which expires next June.
“It is a very difficult decision. Victor has been here for 10 years and none of us can imagine another ‘keeper in his place when we turn and look at our goal.
“Valdes has many roots here but is leaving for his life, he is curious to see how things are elsewhere, so his children can learn English and experience another culture.
“As he has said and for how we know him, it seems almost certain. And in accepting that we look to enjoy even more the time we have with Victor.
“Now he is providing some incredible saves, but the truth is that he has been doing that for many years.
“We need only recall the 2006 Champions League Final. He has contributed a lot to the history of Barca.”
Fabregas has enjoyed a good start to life under Tata Martino this season at Barca, on from a summer that saw him heavily linked with a move to Manchester United.
“I am in a relaxed moment and have much confidence. I want to win titles with Barcelona, the League, the European Cup…and I want to feel important again.
“The past year I was a part of the League of 100 points and that gave me confidence to start this season more sure of myself.
“But to succeed at Barcelona, you must have two or three years at the highest level.
“Martino? We talk a lot when things are going well and also when they are not. And he helps me a lot. When your head is down he approaches you and comes to talk to you. He does it with everyone, he is very positive for the players.
“The Coach, like Vicente del Bosque, is very natural. He is a person who is up front and that helps the team but also the journalists.
“My future? What I want is to be at Barca. Succeeding in the club and to be here for many years.
“I want to stay here and become an idol. I’ll fight for this and to win many Leagues and Champions Leagues with Barca.”