Former Liverpool goalkeeper Nikolay Mihaylov: Pepe Reina has wanted to leave Anfield for one or two years

Spanish shot-stopper is reportedly looking for a return to his home country and 22-year-old Bulgarian international is open to Anfield return
Pepe Reina has wanted to leave Liverpool for the last ‘one or two years’ according to former Anfield goalkeeper Nikolay Mihaylov.

Mihaylov currently plays for FC Twente, having initially joined the Dutch side on loan from Liverpool to gain a work permit, before signing a permanent deal at the club.

The 22-year-old has made huge strides during his time in Holland and has established himself as an international goalkeeper with Twente, although he still has great admiration for his former club.

"Liverpool are a huge club," he told Darik Radio.

"It wasn't possible to get a work visa when I went there but now there'll be no such problems because I'm playing regularly in the national team."

Mihaylov revealed that he believes Liverpool will soon be looking for a new goalkeeper, with Pepe Reina reportedly looking to move on.

"I know from my agent Pepe Reina wants to go back to Spain," he said.

"His desire dates back one or two years.

"It's not difficult to see this. I know him well - he's one of the best 'keepers in the world but his current form is not as it should be in a club like Liverpool."

Liverpool reportedly have an option to re-sign the young ‘keeper and Mihaylov admits that he feels a return to Anfield could be on the cards in the future, possibly as Reina’s replacement.

"I think it's absolutely real. The option was made when Rafa Benitez was in charge."

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