Pepe Reina has admitted that he is not entirely happy at Bayern Munich, as he is not getting regular first-team football at the Allianz Arena due to the presence of Manuel Neuer.
The German international is seen as one of the best in the world and almost came close to winning the FIFA Ballon d’Or award. This would have made him the first goalkeeper to have won the award, but the 29-year-old only lost out to Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo and it is certainly not a bad thing at all. Reina was a surprise candidate to be a backup keeper at Bayern Munich.
Pepe Reina spent a little over 8 years performing with the Liverpool jersey. The Spanish goal-keeper was a consistent player for the Premier League club and helped the club on winning a number of titles but the experienced player ended his time at Anfield on a bitter way and he has no intentions of leaving Bayern Munich anytime soon.
After having ended his 8 year long spell with Liverpool, Pepe Reina joined Napoli on a loan deal and when this contract was over Reina decided to make a move to Bayern Munich. Reina joined Bayern Munich on August of 2014 and has so far made 2 appearances.
2 appearances in almost 1 year, this is a poor amount of matches for a player who is still considered to be a very good one in his position but even with this lack of consistent matches, Pepe Reina stated that he prefers sitting on the bench of Bayern Munich instead of making a return to Liverpool.
Ever since Pepe Reina arrived to Bayern Munich in August of 2014, the Spanish shot-stopper has made one competitive appearance for the German club and this was a few weeks ago when Bayern Munich defeated Werder Bremen.
Sitting on the sidelines of Bayern Munich has turned into a regular routine for the former Liverpool player who managed to earn the Liverpool Player of the Season award back in 2009 and also went on to claim the Premier League Golden Glove award for 3 successive years.
At one point of his career, Pepe Reina was considered to be one of the best players in his position and now he has turned into a backup option for Pep Guardiola.
Cardiff City recently brought in Russell Slade as the new manager of the team in order to replace the former Manchester United player Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
The Norwegian left his role after a few months into the new season due to his failure to get a club closer to the top of the table. Despite spending considerable amount of money in the summer,Solskjaer failed to bring results from a consistent basis. One of the several signings made by the club was striker Federico Macheda, who joined on a free transfer after allowing his contract at Manchester United to expire.
Pepe Reina has not been especially lucky when it comes to injuries since moving to Bayern Munich in the summer.
The Spaniard was aware that he was not going to be the first choice at the German club during the presence of Manuel Neuer, but he was hopeful of opportunities especially in the cup competitions. They have been limited after the former Liverpool goalkeeper spent eight weeks on the sidelines due to a calf injury. He has just returned to training and is hopeful of facing his first match in the next few days.
The Belgian goal-keeper Simon Mignolet is the current first choice shot-stopper for Brendan Rodgers for Liverpool but after conceding 9 goals in 6 Premier League matches, the defence of Liverpool is being a target of criticism and Mignolet is being put into question as if he’s good enough to be the undisputed option for a club that is struggling to pick up consistent victories.
Pepe Reina is the former irrefutable goal-keeper of Liverpool but his relationship with Brendan Rodgers is believed to have started to fall apart ever since Reina was being linked with a move to Barcelona as the Spanish player wanted to join Barcelona but a deal could never be completed and he instead joined Napoli.
A few months after joining Napoli, Pepe Reina revealed to the public that his career with Liverpool was over as they had signed Simon Mignolet and the Belgian player was in the plans of Brendan Rodgers but Pepe Reina wasn’t.
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’’.