PEPE REINA is on the point of a return to the Premier League on the age of 37 after agreeing to hitch Aston Villa on mortgage till the tip of the season.
The previous Liverpool goalie is scheduled to have a medical within the Midlands on Monday after Villa agreed mortgage phrases with AC Milan for the veteran ‘keeper.
Reina pushed Milan arduous to get the deal throughout the road after he grew to become disillusioned by making simply 5 league appearances in two seasons for the Serie A giants.
With Tom Heaton dominated out for the remainder of the season following surgical procedure on a knee harm and back-up Jed Steer additionally crocked, Dean Smith desperately wanted an skilled stopper to compete with Norwegian Orjan Nyland to turn out to be Villa’s go-to-goalie.
Nyland has excelled in Villa’s final two Carabao Cup ties in opposition to Liverpool and Leicester Metropolis and is more likely to try to persuade supervisor Dean Smith he ought to preserve his place, when he faces Manchester Metropolis tomorrow.
Nevertheless, Reina is a three-times Premier League Golden Gloves winner and has received the FA Cup, League Cup and UEFA Cup Tremendous Cup with Liverpool in addition to having European Championship and World Cup winners’ medals as a part of Spain’s all-conquering nationwide staff.
Since leaving Liverpool, the 2010 World Cup winner has turned out for Bayern Munich and Napoli, earlier than becoming a member of AC Milan in 2018.
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He has been restricted to simply 13 appearances for the San Siro membership, nevertheless, as he has acted as back-up to common ‘keeper Gianluigi Donnarumma.
Reina is properly considered on Merseyside, having made 395 appearances for the membership between 2005 and 2013.
And he might make his return to Anfield on April 11, when Villa face Jurgen Klopp’s runaway leaders away from dwelling.