Aston Villa goalkeeper Pepe Reina has affirmed that he is ready to battle it out for the ultimate Premier League survival which awaits his new club, Express & Star revealed.
Reina joined the club on a loan deal from AC Milan on Monday, January 13 after he completed his medical at Villa Park.
The 37-year-old was brought to the club after Villa suffered a massive blow with first-choice goalkeeper Tom Heaton sustaining a knee on January 1 which has ruled him out for the rest of the 2019/20 season.
Reina is expected to bring his vast years of experience to the club after six-year hiatus from the Premier League - manager Dean Smith is yet to confirm if he or Orjan Nyland will start in the sticks against Brighton & Hove Albion.
“It is a great dressing room, and I have been told they are great lads," he told the club's official TV.
“Now we need a mentality to be strong and to be ready for a good battle.
“We need to play with discipline and remain determined. These kinds of things need to be our basics.”
“We’ve managed to secure a player in Pepe who has a wealth of Premier League experience," Smith added.
“At the start of the summer, we were looking for an experienced goalkeeper and brought in Tom Heaton.
“Unfortunately, his injury has ruled him out for the rest of the season but Pepe fits our criteria not just because of his experience, but also because of his leadership qualities.”