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.
The former Liverpool goalkeeper was expected to move to a big club or at least in mid-table club in search of regular football. This was not the case as he made the move straight from Anfield to the Allianz Arena. Now, though, Reina appears to be regretting the move after he admitted that life on the bench is not so spectacular. The 32-year-old is keen on a return to Napoli, where he spent a season on loan in the Rafa Benitez team. Napoli were unable to take up the goalkeeper on a permanent basis due to the transfer fee demanded by Liverpool. Now, they are looking at a potential second loan spell for the Spaniard.
“I have another two years on my contract, but time will tell. We will see whether there will be offers from other clubs. Of course I would prefer to play — but right now my future is with Bayern Munich. I want to play. I knew that it’ll be difficult here as Manuel Neuer is the best keeper in the world. Right now, I can’t exactly say what will happen, but are things are in progress.Let’s wait and see what happens,” said Reina.