Pepe Reina: Lazio sign former Liverpool goalkeeper from AC Milan | Football News

Reina spent the second half of last season on loan at Aston Villa

Last Updated: 27/08/20 4:09pm

Pepe Reina has joined Lazio from Serie A rivals AC Milan

Lazio have announced the signing of Pepe Reina on a permanent deal.

The 37-year-old, who turns 38 later this month, is keen on playing in the Champions League again and is expected to be back-up Lazio’s Thomas Strakosha.

He played in the competition while at Napoli as well as during a nine-year spell at Liverpool, where he helped them reach the 2007 final.

However, a combination of AC Milan’s failure to qualify for the Champions League, and the Spaniard’s status as a back-up to Gianluigi Donnarumma, convinced him of the need to leave the San Siro.

Reina last played in the Champions League when he was at Napoli

Reina last played in the Champions League when he was at Napoli

His desire for first-team football saw him make a temporary switch in the January window to Aston Villa as injury cover for Tom Heaton.

He made 12 appearances while on loan at Villa Park in the second half of last season, helping the cub retain their Premier League status.

Reina, who had one-year remaining on a three-year contract he signed with AC Milan in 2018, had been linked with a move to Valencia.

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