“My Heart Is Still At Napoli’ Says Pepe Reina

Pepe Reina, the New AC Milan goalkeeper revealed recently that he has left a piece of his heart at Napoli, while playing for the team ahead of the Series A opener on Rossoneri opposite the partenopei.

He was interviewed recently and questioned about the upcoming clash that involves Napoli and Milan. In the reply to this question, the Spaniard said: “Immediately return to Naples? It was written, and it was supposed to go like this. I am very much happy that I am going back to my home after so long time. I love my team and the teammates. If you ask me about my experiences, then my experiences are wonderful   and I have only thanks words for Naples and I would    not mind to say that I have a little piece of my heart left in Napoli. I anticipate that by the season end, if Milan is not going to win, then they will do it “.

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Pepe Reina Does Not Want To Leave AC Milan

The renowned goalkeeper of AC Milan Pepe Reina said he would stay at the club, although there have been speculation regarding his movement to Chelsea. The Blues are keen to sign a contract with Reina with Milan in agreement with the offer for the player. After 1-1 draw in Milan’s pre-season against Manchester United, Reina says he wishes to be with the San Siro side for some time. He feels lucky to have played for the best teams in his career and undoubtedly Milan is one of the most precious ones. Reina felt honored to wear the shirt and playing his first match and wants to play a minimum of 150 matches with the shirt on.

The connection between Chelsea and Reina is not surprising as the Spain International had a significant role to play as far as the success behind Maurizio Sarri at Napoli is concerned. The Blues are all geared up to have a new goalkeeper this summer and Real Madrid are in agreement with the Blues for Thibaut Courtois. Reina although is now heading towards the end of his successful career, he is still a best performed and it was proven in the last season at Napoli. Reina is indeed an ideal match as he plays football like the way Sarri wants.  The 35 year old efficiently distributed possession in the last season and allowed Napoli to start from the back fast with the help of the likes from the Sarri’s follower, Jorginho from Stadio San Paolo until Stamford Bridge.
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Pepe Reina Signs For AC Milan

Former Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina has signed for AC Milan on a free transfer. The goalkeeper is currently playing with Napoli and the Italian team has told the player that his contract will not be renewed at the end of the season.

AC Milan who is currently rebuilding their side believes that Pepe Reina will bring some much-needed experience for them and has signed the player on a free transfer. However, with this move, it is believed that the Italian giant will be allowing Gianluigi Donnarumma to leave the club. This will be a big surprise as the young goalkeeper has been an outstanding performer for them this season and many have touted him to become the next Buffon. Continue reading “Pepe Reina Signs For AC Milan”

PEPE REINA TO JOIN MILAN?

Reports in Italy claim AC Milan want Pepe Reina to join them following the continued issues with Gianluigi Donnarumma. There are strong indications that the 18-year old goalkeeper might exit the San Siro in the summer so the authorities want Reina to be the replacement.

Rossoneri fans recently unveiled a banner asking the young shot stopper to “go away” despite the Italy international extending his deal with the club last summer. There are rumours that the player’s agent Mino Raiola is not very comfortable with the deal and that the player feels pressurized to agree with the terms. All these point to indications that the player would still exit when the right opportunity comes in the summer.
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REINA AND MERTENS DOUBTS FOR CHIEVO

Napoli first choice keeper Pepe Reina is a doubt for the clash against Chievo on Sunday. The Serie A title hopefuls already have Arkadiusz Milik, Lorenzo Tonelli and Faouzi Ghoulam ruled out. The former Liverpool keeper and likely Dries Mertens would sit out the Chievo clash.

Napoli are in top form in the league so they are expected to see of their rivals this weekend. However missing this much players could be frustrating for the team as it limits the options available. They now face an unknown test when they visit Marcantonio Bentegodi.
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Reina’s relationship with Napoli’s president is crumbling

It seems like Pepe Reina’s time as a player of Napoli is reaching it’s end and it’s actually not due to the player himself, the main reason of why the Spanish shot-stopped is being rumored of making his way out of the Sao Paolo is because of a few comments from the president of Napoli, Aurelio De Laurentiis.

Italian media outlets are claiming that during an end of a season dinner, Aurelio De Laurentiis said a few things as a joke involving Pepe Reina’s wife which has caused a huge aftermath surrounding the future of the 31 year old shot-stopper. Continue reading “Reina’s relationship with Napoli’s president is crumbling”

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.

In spite of not being in the younger side of age, Pepe certainly has traits that any club can benefit from.

The agent of the Portuguese veteran has recently revealed details concerning all of the teams that approached him and wanted to secure his services. Surprisingly enough, a few of the clubs that attempted to do so were Juventus, Inter Milan and Paris Saint-Germain as his agent Ahmet Bulut said: ¨The talks lasted three months; we didn’t find the agreement with Besiktas in a week.

¨Paris Saint-Germain and Inter wanted him, and Juventus made an attempt at the last minute but we were at a point where the Bianconeri were no longer an alternative¨

From the looks of it, Pepe denied offers to join top clubs as he instead opted to make a move to Turkey and compete in Beşiktaş.

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.

Reina was the main man as Napoli finished in the top three of the Italian top flight. They secured Champions League football and are better suited for exposure compared to United. Only the strong bond between the keeper and Benitez can convince him to move back to England.

Sarri spoke highly of Reina when he was interviewed by Corrieredello Sport. He claims Reina is a very strong personality in the dressing room. He added that the former Red goalie has “better feet than any other goalkeeper in the world.”

Benitez wants a top hand in between the sticks. It seems he is not very interested in Tim Krul and Freddie Woodman set to return from AZ Alkmaar and Kilmarnock when there are keepers like Karl Darlow, Matz Sets and of course Rob Elliot. Woodman would likely go elsewhere on loan while Benitez would sell two others to get a top rated hand.

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.

Even if Napoli do not beat Juventus, it is important that the club managed to get the 34-year-old goalkeeper as soon as possible. A veteran of several games throughout his career, Reina has the experience to deal with the business end of the campaign in a calm and collected manner. Napoli are third in the Italian Serie A, but it looks like the club will be missing out on a second spot, which is occupied by Roma.

“The decision is up to him, he’ll realise if he’s fit or not.Tests results can well be comforting, but it’s also about how the lad feels. If he is efficient enough to play, then we’ll evaluate it.As I said, it depends on him. Reina has great experience and intelligence,” said the Napoli manager. Napoli come into the game on the back of three consecutive wins in the Italian Serie A, although they did suffer a heavy loss against Real Madrid the Champions League last 16 round.

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.

The outspoken player was recently in a heated controversy that led to a red card for Matias Silvestre when Napoli clashed with Sampdoria. In the heated game, which Napoli eventually won 2-1 despite earlier going down 0-1, Reina caused Silvestre to earn his second yellow card of the game for clipping him when he wanted to take a goal kick.

“It was definitely a foul and the red card was the correct decision. I felt him get in the way and interrupt my kick, which is why it went so far off the course. I know looking at the replays you can’t see it, but there was contact. I felt it,” when he spoke to Sky Sports Italia about the incident.

Sampdoria asked that the league’s management ban Reina for simulation but he was eventually cleared. The club’s lawyer Antonio Romei said: “We put in a wonderful performance that was decided by a refereeing error on a situation that was pretty easy to read, so that’s very irritating.

“The action was clearly visible the fourth official was close by and he could’ve seen that Silvestre didn’t even touch him, but Reina fell down anyway.”