Ex-Liverpool and Barcelona goalkeeper Pepe Reina joins Aston Villa

Ruben Hill
January 14, 2020

Now he'll take the gloves for an Aston Villa side missing Tom Heaton for the rest of the season.

Villa, which is in the relegation zone in the English Premier League, made the move for the 37-year-old Reina after first-choice goalkeeper Tom Heaton was ruled out for the rest of the season because of a knee injury.

Reina has subsequently had an extensive spell as Napoli number one while also spending time at AC Milan and Bayern Munich, where he has been a fringe figure. We need to play with discipline and remain determined.

Dean Smith, the team's manager, is said to be delighted with the move, saying that he has a "wealth of Premier League experience".

England worldwide Heaton sustained a knee injury in Villa's 2-1 victory at Burnley on New Year's Day.

"Unfortunately, his injury has actually ruled him out for the remainder of the period however Pepe fits our requirements not even if of his experience however likewise as a result of his management high qualities".

Heaton had joined the club for around £8million in the summer and impressed despite their lowly Premier League position.

The World Cup victor, 37, was in the stands as Villa lost 6-1 to Manchester City on Sunday.

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"Everyone knows we're after a centre-forward, our sporting director is working, along with Christian, and I'll find out when I debrief the game with them".

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