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Rodgers: Reina not for sale
May 10, 2013 9:58 PM GMT
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers insists goalkeeper Pepe Reina will not leave the club at the end of the season.
The Spain international goalkeeper has played 29 times in the Premier League this season, registering 13 clean sheets in the process.
Rumours that the 30-year-old may be on the way out of Merseyside in the close-season have been around for months, with Barcelona thought to be interested in re-signing their former player. However, speaking ahead of his side's visit to Fulham on Saturday, Rodgers moved to quash speculation that his number one is set to leave Anfield.
"It's that silly season now that starts up all the rumours and whatnot but Pepe's not for sale," Rodgers said.
"He's got three years left on his contract here, he's happy and obviously there's speculation but it's not worth commenting on."
The Northern Irishman has also challenged midfielder Jonjo Shelvey to stake his claim for a regular first-team spot in the absence of Steven Gerrard, who will miss the rest of the season with a shoulder injury.
Shelvey has featured on 31 occasions for the Merseyside club in 2012-13, but has not started a league game since February.
"Jonjo is a talented player," Rodgers stated.
"He is a young player that came here with big expectations and it's sometimes difficult, but I think he has played quite a lot this year.
"In the last few months he hasn't been in the team and because we've been down to one game a week, it's been difficult for him to show.
"He'll come into contention to play, as will some of the other players who have been outstanding in training and trying to demonstrate they want to be in the team."