Pepe Reina has just one year left on his contract with Napoli, but club president Aurelio De Laurentiis insists he will stay for the upcoming season.
The Spanish keeper, now 34, will reportedly not be offered a new deal, leading him to be linked with Newcastle United and a reunion with former Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez, but De Laurentiis insists that he will see out his contract.
“He has another year on his contract and wants to stay with us, even up to expiration,” De Laurentiis told La Repubblica.
“I’ll talk to him soon though, with it being understood we’re looking around for the future.”
The future could well be Real Sociedad’s Geronimo Rulli, a 25-year-old Argentina international who would be Reina’s understudy for the 2017/18 season.
“On Rulli, the Argentinian number one who plays in Spain, they tell me he’s good with his feet and that could be useful for us,” De Laurentiis said.
The film producer also spoke about the club’s current second and third choice goalkeepers: 27-year-old Brazilian Rafael Cabral and 26-year-old Italian Luigi Sepe, a homegrown player.
“All I’ll say is that Rafael wants to play and to leave, even if he’s not so poor," De Laurentiis said. "Sepe is younger and can have patience, we’ll see.”