The Liverpool Rafa Benitez and Reina
Rafa Benitez – the Liverpool manager has dismissed reports linking Jose Reina with a move in Spain to Atletico Madrid.
Recent reports in Spain suggested Atletico were lining up a move for the Liverpool keeper.
I spoke to some people about this and, unfortunately, I think the journalist who wrote the story is very inexperienced, Benitez told the Liverpool Echo.
Maybe before Pepe signed a new contract a lot of clubs wanted to talk to him, but that was many weeks ago.
He is very happy at Liverpool and I don’t believe at the start of the season, with Pepe and the team playing really well, is the time to start talking about what will happen at the end of this season.
The transfer window is closed and Pepe is really happy here so a story like this is not true.
Meanwhile, Benitez has confirmed Fabio Aurelio is close to a return to action.
Aurelio has been injured since last April after rupturing his Achilles tendon in the Champions League quarter-final with PSV Eindhoven.
The Brazilian has been pencilled in to play in a specially arranged friendly against Crewe on Tuesday.
We hope Fabio will be able to play in this game, added Benitez. He’s been training well and now we think he is ready. It’s positive news to have him back.