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Aston Villa sign Reina on loan

13 Jan 2020
Pepe Reina signs for Aston Villa

Former Liverpool goalkeeper moves to Villa Park from AC Milan for the rest of the season

Aston Villa have announced the loan signing of goalkeeper Pepe Reina from AC Milan until the end of the season.

The 37-year-old returns to the Premier League after spending eight seasons with Liverpool between 2005 and 2013.

He made 285 Premier League appearances in that time, keeping 134 clean sheets and winning the Premier League Golden Glove three times.

Reina won four trophies with Liverpool, the FA Cup, EFL Cup, FA Community Shield and UEFA Super Cup, and has since played for Napoli, Bayern Munich as well as AC Milan.

He has joined Villa after a knee injury ruled out Tom Heaton for the rest of the season.

"We’ve managed to secure a player in Pepe who has a wealth of Premier League experience," Villa head coach Dean Smith told the club's official website.

"At the start of the summer we were looking for an experienced goalkeeper and brought in Tom Heaton.

"Unfortunately, his injury has ruled him out for the rest of the season but Pepe fits our criteria not just because of his experience but also because of his leadership qualities."

Reina could make his debut against Brighton & Hove Albion and may line up against Liverpool on the weekend of 11 April.

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See: January 2020 transfers

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