Football - Reina happy at Liverpool

Jose Reina admits he is flattered to be linked with a return to former club Barcelona but has again insisted he is happy at Liverpool, with whom he is under contract until 2016.

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Jose Reina

Reina is one of the names being touted as a possible replacement for long-serving Barca goalkeeper Victor Valdes, who has told the Catalan giants he intends to leave the club and could sever ties this summer.

The 31-year-old Reina, who came up through the youth ranks at Barca before joining Villarreal over a decade ago, said of the speculation: "I have three more years with Liverpool. I'm satisfied, comfortable and my family are very happy. Rumours are difficult to control but it's flattering when a club like Barca are interested in you."

The Spain international added to radio station Cadena Ser: "I don't know if there has been contact between the clubs or with my agent. At the moment I don't think there's anything serious."

Reina hopes to finish his career back in his homeland, but the Reds keeper added: "I don't know how long I've got left in football, what I do know is I want to enjoy what remains and feel appreciated and at Liverpool I have that."

Reina, son of former Barca goalkeeper Miguel Reina, played several first-team matches while still a teenager at Barca but left the club in 2002 without winning any major silverware.

In the last half-a-dozen years Barca have emerged as the dominant force in both Spain and Europe, winning trophy after trophy, but Reina is not dwelling on what might have been.

"The years I was in Barcelona were very good, I don't have any bad feelings about not succeeding there. I played more than 50 games, when I was less than 20, it helped me grow a lot," he said.

"I would've liked to have played there more, of course, but there's no need to over-dramatise things."

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