Agent denies claims that 34-year-old has agreed personal terms with Newcastle
By Harvey Byrne
The agent of veteran goalkeeper Pepe Reina has denied claims that the Napoli stopper has agreed personal terms with Newcastle.
Earlier on Thursday afternoon beIN Sports and Gazzetta dello Sport journalist Tancredi Palmeri claimed on his personal Twitter account that the 34-year-old had agreed personal terms with the Magpies.
Newcastle have found agreement on personal terms with Reina. Only thing to solve is Reina still not certain whether to leave Napoli or not
— Tancredi Palmeri (@tancredipalmeri) June 1, 2017
However, the agent of Reina, Manuel Garcia Quilon has replied to these claims by stating that the 2010 World Cup winner will remain in Naples until the end of his contract, which is set to expire in the summer of 2018.
“Pepe will stay at Napoli until the end of his contract,” told Quilon, as quoted by the Chronicle.
“Certain issues have nothing to do with what happens on the pitch and do not interest us.
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“He is staying at Napoli until 2018.”
Benitez and Reina have previously worked together twice during their careers with both Liverpool and Napoli respectively.
However, the 34-time capped Spain international is still the first choice goalkeeper for for the Italian giants and played in 37 of their 38 Serie A matches last season, conceding just 38 goals while also keeping 12 clean sheets.
He is now set to play in the Champions League once again with Napoli, while Newcastle will be targeting Premier League survival in the next campaign.
The Magpies currently have three senior goalkeepers in their squad with Matz Sels, Rob Elliot and Karl Darlow all fighting for a starting spot.
Meanwhile, young talent Freddie Woodman has also been tipped for a bright future at the club.
But, Benitez may still be on the search for a new number one this summer to help ensure Newcastle can cope in the Premier League.
In other Newcastle transfer news, the Magpies have made contact with this La Liga defender.