Reina returns to the Premier League in Villa loan deal

Tanya Simon
January 14, 2020

Manager Dean Smith told the club's website: "We've managed to secure a player in Pepe who has a wealth of Premier League experience".

With Orjan Nyland in goal, Villa were thrashed 6-1 by Manchester City on Sunday to slip into the Premier League relegation zone.

"At the begin of the summertime we were trying to find a knowledgeable goalkeeper and also generated Tom Heaton".

The 37-year-old former Spain goalkeeper has failed to reach the first-choice spot since leaving Napoli for Milan in 2015, making only four league appearances across his two full seasons.

He went on to say that "Pepe fits our criteria not just because of his experience but also because of his leadership qualities." .

English global Heaton suffered a knee injury during Villa's 2-1 victory in Burnley on New Year's Day.

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He even once refused to put the Baggy Green on Wimbledon when Steve Waugh insisted that all players wear it to a match in the ashes of 2001.

A victor of the 2010 World Cup and two European Championships with Spain as well as boasting 789 professional matches at club level - 395 of which came at Liverpool - Reina brings with him an enormous amount of experience.

The Spaniard could make his debut in Brighton this weekend.

"Now we need a mentality to be strong and to be ready for a good battle". Then, join us at 7 p.m. for the definitive summary of the news of the day with The Transfer Show.

Meanwhile, Bournemouth goalkeeper Asmir Begovic has gone in the other direction and joined AC Milan on loan until the end of the season.

Reina spent eight years at Liverpool between 2005 and 2013, winning an FA Cup, a Football League Cup, a FA Community Shield and a UEFA Super Cup.

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