Benitez: Reina wages too high

Napoli manager Rafael Benitez has seemingly ruled out making Pepe Reina’s stay in Naples permanent due to the goalkeeper’s high wage demands.

The Spain international spent the 2013/14 campaign on loan at the Serie A club, helping them to a third-placed finish and the Coppa Italia title in the process.

However, the 31-year-old does not appear to have a future at Napoli and will have to battle it out with Simon Mignolet for a starting place at Anfield next season, according to Benitez.

The former Reds manager told talkSPORT: “Pepe has two years left on his contract at Liverpool.

“He has to go back and he’ll stay there – we can’t afford Pepe’s wages.

“The Premier League is a very big league and, in Serie A, we don’t pay big wages like in England.

“He will have to fight for his position at Liverpool.”

Reina joined Liverpool from Villarreal in 2005 and has gone on to notch up 285 appearances for the Merseyside outfit.

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