Mignolet is competition for Reina – not a replacement


    article-0-18617ECF000005DC-282_306x423[1]Brendan Rodgers has stated that Simon Mignolet is not being signed to replace José Reina – but to provide competition for him.

    Sunderland have reportedly accepted a bid from the club for the Belgian international.

    Reina has been persistently linked with a return to Barcelona in recent months, but Rodgers has said that the Spaniard will not be leaving the club.

    Rodgers told talkSPORT:“One of the things we’re trying to build is a competitive squad.

    “Our squad was very thin last year and it was great being we were able to introduce a few young players from our academy that but it’s very important that we have competition in every position and that wasn’t always the case.

    “Pepe Reina and I went out for a meal a couple of months before the end of the season and I told him exactly what we were going to do, which was to provide real competition in that area.

    “He was fully aware of my intention of the course of the last few months. It certainly wouldn’t be a surprise to Pepe.

    “Pepe is a fantastic goalkeeper but Simon Mignolet is a player that has done really well.

    “He’s also part of an emerging Belgium squad that has come into a golden era. He’s very much a part of that.

    “When you work with Pepe he’s a great man. A very committed man to the club and he’s an outstanding goalkeeper.”

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