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.
Napoli goalkeeper Pepe Reina, who is on loan until the end of the season from Liverpool, has stated that his team will not be playing for a draw against Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League group match.
Napoli go into the match still with a chance to progress to the knockout stages, but a defeat to the German club will put them in a disadvantageous position. They could potentially fall to third place after the end of this round of group matches. Hence, there has been a suggestion that Rafa Benitez may adopt defensive tactics for the match.
Getting a draw away from home in the Champions league is not necessarily a bad thing, but Reina feels that the Italian club will not go with such tactics. The Liverpool goalkeeper was recently united with Benitez after sealing a season-long loan move from Liverpool.
Pepe Reina’s recent statements clearly suggest that he is not happy with the way the Liverpool management has treated him in recent times.
According to Reina, the Reds management didn’t make him aware that they were thinking about placing him on loan somewhere else and that’s something the Spanish goalkeeper didn’t like at all.
The manager of Liverpool, Brendan Rodgers, signed the former Sunderland goalie Simon Mignolet during the pre-season transfer window. But, despite that, Reina was supposed to be his first choice shot stopper because of his huge experience of playing in the Premier League. But, to the surprise of the fans, Rodgers loaned Reina out to Napoli.
Talking to the reporters a few days back, Reina said, “They should have told me that they were looking to place me on loan. They didn’t do that and that’s disappointing.”