Pepe Reina

Pepe rejected Juventus as he accepted to join Beşiktaş

Following 10 years of playing time at the Santiago Bernabeu as a player of Real Madrid, Pepe penned a 2 year deal with the Turkish outfit Beşiktaş.

Pepe is a 34 year old player who is entering the final phases of his professional playing career and despite having that elevated age; he was still an attractive player that could be signed by many clubs.

One of the main reasons of why a few clubs showed interested in signing the Portuguese is due to the vast experience that he has after playing in some of the biggest stages in the world of football as well as having secured major pieces of silverware such as the UEFA Champions League with Real Madrid and the UEFA Euro´s with his national side, just to name a few of his more recognized trophies.

PEPE REINA TO REUNITE WITH BENITEZ

Napoli shot stopper Pepe Reina is set to reunite with former manager Rafa Benitez at Newcastle United when the Premier League resumes in August.

They were together at Anfield and when Benitez moved to the Serie A to coach Napoli, he brought in the Spaniard.

Reina has just a year left on his deal and he is 34 years old. United were hoping they could get him easily but the £5million price tag is putting the Magpies off. Benitez wants an experienced hand this season so he was exploring going for Reina.

After Manchester City released Willy Caballero, it seems Newcastle could look at that direction. The manager of the Serie A side Maurizio Sarri has insisted that Reina is crucial to the team and a loyal player of the club so he expects him to remain.

Pepe Reina Will Determine His Participation against Juventus, Claims Sarri

Napoli manager Maurizio Sarriclaims that goalkeeper Pepe Reina is unlikely to make it to the first-team for the game against Juventus.

Reina has been unavailable for selection since the international break. He had to leave the international action with a calf injury. Up until now, it appears that the player has been performing well to treatment and may just feature in the game against Juventus. It is an extremely important match for the club in the context of the Italian Serie A title and Champions League qualification. In such a match, the presence of the best players would often make the difference.

Yet,Sarri says that the goalkeeper was only 65% fit in the last tests. He may not be risked in the game considering that the Napoli team has even bigger games coming up in the next few weeks.

REINA WANTS TO WIN SCUDETTO

Napoli number one shot stopper Pepe Reina has openly confessed his wish to lift the Scudetto title with the club.

The former Liverpool No 1 told the Serie A club’s website that winning the title would be “the biggest accomplishment” of his life.

“It’s an idea that doesn’t leave my mind. It would be an important point in my career after 17 years at a high level. They always tell us that we can’t imagine what the city would be like. I want to see it! Whoever wins the Scudetto will always remain in the hearts of the Neopolitans and I want to be one of them,” the goalkeeper said.

PEPE REINA DEFENDS KARIUS

Former Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina has backed current one Loris Karius in the wake of heavy criticism following Reds loss to Bournemouth in the Premier League over the weekend.

The shot stopper arrived Anfield from Mainz for £5 million this summer as coach Jurgen Klopp sought for more squad options in his first full season in charge.

The goalkeeper came under heavy criticisms after he made errors that ensured Liverpool dropped from second place in the Premier League standings. Bournemouth fought to overturn the result despite Liverpool leading 3-1.

Reina defended the player, saying he faced a tough start at Liverpool too before he settled. The Spanish goalkeeper spent eight years at Anfield before his move to the Serie A in 2013.

REINA ASKS NAPOLI FANS NOT TO JEER AT THEM

Napoli first-choice goalkeeper Pepe Reina has asked that fans of the club not jeer at them despite mistakes they make.

He pleaded with the fans to express their dissatisfaction in other ways but no further sink their poor self-belief. He accepted the blame for the second goal Napoli conceded when they played Besiktas. The Turkish side thrashed them 3-2 at home, attracting jeer from the fans who were disappointed with the result.

Napoli won initial Champions League group games but made errors that Besiktas capitalized on to defeat them at home.

“The fans are the most important thing and we must always respect them, but what we need most now is self-confidence,” said Reina.

Pepe Reina Happy with Winning Champions League Return

Napoli recently returned to the Champions League and used goalkeeper Pepe Reina as the first choice option in the opening game against Dynamo Kyiv.

Even though the goalkeeper was not able to keep a clean sheet in the match, Napoli managed to get all three points from this difficult away trip courtesy of goals fromMilik. The forward managed to get two goals as Napoli managed a comeback victory. Incredibly, Reina is playing in the Champions League whereas the club that sold him to Napoli – Liverpool – are struggling to even feature in the Europa league.

NAPOLI CONQUER BERLIN AS MILIK SCORES

Runner-up in the Serie A in the last campaign are set to begin a new season with a charge for the title.

However, there are doubts to that possibility seeing how defending champions Juventus reinforced their squad, while Napoli sold its best striker Gonzalo Higuain to same Juventus for a record transfer fee. Napoli added a few players but not to the quality they lost.

Reports indicate that Napoli might leave on Arkadiusz Milik as replacement for Higuain. Milik showed his capability when he scored his debut goal in a 4-1 win over Hertha Berlin. Former Liverpool goal keeper returned to the team after his Allan mistake but was later replaced by Sepe in the 46th minute as the Partenopei played the Germans in a friendly game. Faouzi Ghoulam made a mistake which Vedad Ibisevic converted to send Berlin ahead.

Pepe Reina Is A Reliable Goal Keeper

If you are looking at the popular players emerging of Liverpool, one of the names would be of Reina.

It is often difficult to find a goalkeeper who is capable and talented and it seems that the club has been able to secure a talented player in this category in Pepe Reina. He has been obtained from Villarreal by Rafa Benitez.

The Spaniard had become part of the club when he was signed on when the requirement was felt after Liverpool won over AC Milan in the European Cup. Jerzy Dudek had been able to prove himself a hero and helped the Reds to claim the crown. Reina also proved to be a reliable player. When he arrived at the club he had been obtained for £6 million. The first season saw Reina being on the run from October till December and Premier League as well where he was able to block several goals. As a result, he won several golden glove awards.

Pepe is a disgrace to football according to some pundits

Many footballers and fans have been shocked by Pepe’s actions in the Champions League final.

Indeed, the Real Madrid defender has on more than one occasion found guilty of trying to get the Atletico Madrid players sent off.

Pundit Gary Lineker has stated that Pepe is a disgrace to football and that he was disappointed with the way the Portuguese defender has performed during the whole match.

The first time he was already lying down on the pitch and Fillipe Luis came and patted him on the side in a friendly manner. Pepe instead acted in a way that he was punched heavily and gestured in agony just to attract the attention of the referee. Fortunately for Luis, the referee on that day Mark Clattenburg had followed the whole thing and quickly intervenes. He told Pepe to get up as there was no malicious action.

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