The Spanish veteran joins Aston Villa on loan with Tom Heaton absent for the season.
BIRMINGHAM, England (AP) – Aston Villa has recruited former Spain and Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina on loan from AC Milan until the end of the season , on Monday.
Villa, who’s in the relegation zone of the English Premier League, made the determination for Reina, 37, after the first alternative goalkeeper Tom Heaton was excluded for the relaxation of the season on account of a knee damage.
Reina, who was half of the profitable crew of the 2010 World Cup in Spain, performed for Liverpool from 2005 to 2013, earlier than stays with Napoli, Bayern Munich and extra just lately Milan.
"We were able to find a player in Pepe who has extensive experience in the Premier League," mentioned villa supervisor Dean Smith.
At the begin of the summer time, we had been on the lookout for an skilled goalkeeper and referred to as on Tom Heaton. Unfortunately, his damage dominated him out for the relaxation of the season, however Pepe met our standards not solely as a result of of his expertise but additionally as a result of of his management qualities. & # 39; & # 39;
Reina was at Villa Park on Sunday to observe Villa lose to Manchester City 6-1, a day after falling in the backside three in the league.