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Last Updated: Saturday, 18 June, 2005, 11:01 GMT 12:01 UK
Reina still keen for Anfield move
Jose Reina
Reina is keen on a switch to Anfield
Villareal goalkeeper Jose Reina is still determined to seal 8m move to Liverpool, despite reported rival interest from Arsenal.

The 22-year-old's agent Manuel Garcia Quilon suggested Liverpool may lose out on the keeper if a move was not sealed.

But Reina said: "It will be terrific to play with Xabi Alonso and Luis Garcia.

"To come to the champions of Europe with the history of Liverpool is not easy, but I will answer these questions with a positive response."

He added: "It will be a great boost to my career. My three seasons in Villarreal have been magnificent and I'm sad to leave.

"I know British stadiums from my time with Barcelona and Villarreal. The atmosphere is phenomenal and my first match at Anfield will be very emotional."

Reina been linked with a move to the Champions League winners for the past two months.

The Spanish goalkeeper, whose performances helped Villarreal reach the semi-finals of the Uefa Cup in 2004, signed an eight-year contract with the Valencian outfit last summer.

Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez has confirmed that Reina is one of his transfer targets.

"There are various keepers we have been following. Reina is one of them. We're near but it's still to be confirmed," Benitez told Spanish news agency Efe.

Benitez has until 6 July to sign players to play in the first qualifying round of the Champions League.

The Reds won the competition in May and have been allowed by Uefa to defend their European crown, despite not qualifying automatically through their position in the Premiership.

But they will have to go through three qualifying rounds to reach the group stages, which start in September.

Reina would be the sixth Spaniard to join Liverpool since fellow countryman Benitez took over at Anfield last summer.

His father was an international keeper with Spain and Reina signed for Villarreal in July 2002 from Barcelona.


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