Leicester City’s return to the Premier League also says former Liverpool defender Paul Konchesky get back into the top flight once again. The 33-year-old is well-known for his Premier League days with the likes of West Ham, Fulham, and most recently Liverpool. However, he has been with Leicester for the last few years hoping for a day in the sunshine once again. This has come in the best possible manner after Leicester were promoted to the Premier League with a record points tally. As part of the pre-season preparations, Leicester have been involved in a friendly matches in the Far East.
Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina has claimed that his future will be decided in the next few weeks as he is set to hold talks with manager Brendan Rodgers. The Spaniard spent last season on loan at Napoli, but it is widely expected that the Italian club will not be signing the goalkeeper a permanent basis. This is due to the transfer fee demands of Liverpool. After signing Simon Mignolet from Sunderland for £ 9 million last season, it is looking highly unlikely that Reina will be able to play as a first-team regular for Liverpool again. The Belgian international will be the first choice goalkeeper in the new campaign.
Pepe Reina has finally accepted the bitter truth that he will have to spend the next season at his parent club Liverpool only.
The Spanish international had played for the Italian Club Napoli on loan last season and had done fantastically well for them. He had made close to 150 saves in 45 appearances that he had made and thus, it was widely believed that Partenopei management would try to keep him for the 2014-15 Season as well. Reina himself had also expressed his desire to remain at Stadio San Paolo, but, a few days ago, Rafa Benitez, the Napoli boss, made it clear that his club had no intentions of securing the services of Reina on a permanent basis.
Speaking last week, Benitez said, “We are not looking to sign a goalie at the moment.”
Ever since Pepe Reina completed his loan move from Liverpool to Napoli on July of 2013, the Spanish goalkeeper has played a substantially important and consistent role in the Italian club.
Reina even declared that he has no future whatsoever in his former club Liverpool and considering all of the consistent as well as impressive performances from Reina in Napoli, now the club is interested in signing him on a permanent basis.
The Sporting director of the club Riccardo Bigon told the press: "Reina is a very important player both on the field and off. He has been fine in Naples, he has a very close relationship with Rafa Benitez and also his family has settled very well’’.
Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina, who is on loan at Napoli, says that his former club have shown with the win over Manchester United at Old Trafford that they are to be taken as contenders for the title. Liverpool managed a 3-0 win over United at Old Trafford.
Despite the ongoing troubles faced by Manchester United under David Moyes, this is seen as a big result for Liverpool nonetheless. They have managed to steamroll most of the opposition this season. As a result, they are close to the top of the table with April set to approach in the next few weeks.
Napoli is located in the top 3 spots of the Italian league Serie A with just a few points behind Juventus and As.Roma. Rafael Benitez is enjoying a fairly successful season so far as they have pretty much secured their Champions League spot for the upcoming season and even though they are 20 points behind the table toppers Juventus, the Italian club is more than happy on finishing the campaign in a 3rd spot.
Rafael Benitez and his men is one of the club’s which has conceded less goals in the entire league which just shows how well Pepe Reina has established himself as the main goalkeeper for Napoli since making his move from Liverpool on July of 2013.
Napoli will be without top scorer Gonzalo Higuain for the match against Livorno during the weekend, but manager Rafa Benitez says that his team will manage to cope without the star striker. Higuain was brought to the club only in the summer for £ 32 million. He was given the task of replacing Edinson Cavani, who had become a cult hero at the club.
So far, he has managed to do this in brilliant fashion, although Napoli have been unable to sustain their title challenge for long. Still, they remain in contention for a top three finish, which will give them Champions League football next season.
There is a high possibility of Pepe Reina returning to Liverpool during the next football season. However, the Spanish footballer is not really sure about what Liverpool has planned for his future with the club. At present, Reina is the goalkeeper for the Italian club- Napoli on the basis of a loan deal.
Reina was transferred to Napoli when Liverpool’s manager (Brandon Rodgers) had signed the Belgian footballer- Simon Mignolet during the last season. Simon Mignolet had started off impressively with Liverpool. However, Mignolet committed very serious mistakes in the matches against Chelsea and Manchester City while the festive phase was being held.
The Spaniard- Reina is absolutely happy with his association with Napoli, though many times he made it clear that he did not want to depart from Liverpool.
Pepe Reina’s loan to Napoli has been stained by a hamstring injury that he picked up during Napoli’s match against Cagliari and ever since then, the goalkeeper chosen by Rafael Benitez to play in between the posts has been the Brazilian youngster Rafael.
Liverpool decided to loan out Pepe Reina as they had already signed Simon Mignolet from Sunderland and now the future of the Spanish goalkeeper is starting to become unclear as Napoli are trying to sign him on a permanent deal but Barcelona have been tracking down Reina and kept close eyes on Reina as he is likely to become the direct replacement of Victor Valdes.
The goalkeeper of Liverpool has already stated that he would like to join Barcelona but later went on telling the media that the decision is not entirely up to him as there are many other elements and factors that will decide his future.
Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina, who is currently on loan to the end of the season at Napoli, says that he would consider a move to Barcelona, who are reportedly interested in his services. Reina is widely expected to leave Liverpool on a permanent basis in the summer.
The English club signed Simon Mignolet for £ 9 million as his replacement. It is unlikely that Reina will be prepared to sit on the bench after having been a first-team regular for most of his career. Barcelona are on the lookout for a top goalkeeper after Victor Valdes announced that he will leave the club at the end of the season.