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Reina’s praying Gerrard’s staying at Liverpool

Jose Reina has said he hopes Liverpool team-mate Steven Gerrard will not be tempted by Real Madrid and will instead see out his career at Anfield.

Gerrard has long been linked with a move to the Spanish giants and speculation has increased since Jose Mourinho took over the reigns as the former Chelsea manager is a long-time admirer of the Liverpool captain.

The England midfielder has progressed through the ranks at Anfield but is thought to be increasingly disgruntled with his team's lack of success.

However, Reina has begged him not to abandon Anfield for the Bernabeu.

“I hope Gerrard doesn't bring anything to Real Madrid and that he stays a long time at Liverpool, that he is with us for the rest of his career.” said the Spain goalkeeper.

“I understand that something will happen, that Real Madrid's interest in Gerrard will manifest because Mourinho knows him very well and he is a footballer who can play in any team in the world. He is part of the elite, among the 10 best in the world because he is a very complete footballer. Let's hope they don't take him away.”

Mourinho has been bestowing the virtues of the British box-to-box midfielder leaving the Madrid press to speculate that despite his prediction of a quiet summer at the Bernabeu, a move for Gerrard could yet come to pass.

“Central midfield is a very important position,” said Mourinho. “And at this moment in time there are very few players about who you can say that this player is a complete midfielder.

“In football we have attacking midfielders and we have defensive midfielders but there are very few what they call in England box-to-box midfielders. It is very difficult to find the complete midfielder who is defensively strong and who can also attack and arrive in the box and score goals.”

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