Benitez speaks to Spanish press about Newcastle transfer reunion with firm favourite
Newcastle United boss Rafael Benitez has told the Spanish press that he will not be looking to reunite with goalkeeper Pepe Reina during the January transfer window.
The Magpies have been heavily linked with a move for the veteran shot stopper since last summer, although recent reports have suggested that the former Liverpool shot stopper’s current club Napoli will not be looking to sell him before the end of his contract in the summer.
However Benitez, who had the now-35-year-old as his first choice during his time at Liverpool and then brought him to Napoli on loan while manager of the Italian club, has told Mundo Deportivo, on their website’s live transfer blog, that despite holding the the experienced keeper as one of his firm favourites, he is not looking to sign him once again.
Benitez currently has Karl Darlow, Rob Elliot and Freddie Woodman as his options between the sticks, all having appeared at some point this season, while the club also have Matz Sels out on loan to Anderlecht.
This season has seen Reina make 27 appearances across all competitions, including every one of Napoli’s Champions League matches and all but one of their 20 league games, and he has a total of 285 Premier League outings to his name during his time at Liverpool.
In other Newcastle United news, Benitez has hinted that a first team outcast could make a return to the first team after his long absence.