Reina: Barca links fabricated

Pepe Reina has denied speculation linking him as Victor Valdes’ potential successor at Barcelona: “It is an invention of the newspapers.”

The Liverpool-owned ‘keeper has been rumoured as the Catalans’ identified target to come in next summer, with Valdes set to leave at the expiry of his contract.

However, the Spain international, who is currently on a season-long loan at Napoli, has played down such links.

“It is an invention of the newspapers,” Reina has reflected this week on Cope.

“Even last year it was said that I would take over from Valdes.

“It is normal that a player dreams of representing a club like Barcelona or Real Madrid because they are historic and prestigious teams.

“But I have a contract with Liverpool until 2016. I do not care about the rumours.

“I am excited to be at Napoli and I intend to try and win something here.”

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