Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 10 July 2014

Reina keeping focus

Jose Reina

Liverpool goalkeeper Jose Reina will be fully focused on securing three points when Aston Villa visit Anfield on Monday.

The Spain international, whose future remains the subject of speculation despite him publicly stating last month he was committed to the club, is expected to captain the side again in the absence of the injured Steven Gerrard and Jamie Carragher.

"Win on Monday, that is the main target," Reina said. "It is tight in the league and anyone can beat anyone else and that makes the competition even tougher."

He added: "It is an honour to wear the captain's armband but we have too many captains on this team."

When quizzed about his future and the continued speculation about it, the 28-year-old added: "Well if you keep asking, I am going to ignore it. I said it many times - I have a contract with Liverpool, that's all."

There had been speculation about one of Reina's compatriots Dani Pacheco after he fell out of favour with manager Roy Hodgson over the last few months.

However, the teenager started in Romania and on his return he underlined his commitment to the club by signing a two-year contract extension to take him up to 2014.

Martin Kelly, an academy graduate who now has 15 first-team appearances to his name, has agreed a three-year extension.

It shows the club's desire to hang on to their brightest prospects , with owners New England Sports Ventures keen to invest in youth for a better long-term development plan.

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