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.”
According to the reports, the reason why Napoli decided to send Reina back to his parent club despite his match winning performances last season is his wages which are very high. They reckon that they can’t afford to pay that much money to him.
After Benitez’s statement that Napoli would not sign a shot stopper on a permanent basis in the near future, Reina had no option, but, to accept the fact that Liverpool would be his destination this summer.
Talking to the reporters yesterday, the 31-year old said, “I will have to make my way back to the Anfield for the time being. Apart from that, I don’t have anything else to tell you at this point of time.”
Reina was a certainty at Liverpool till the 2012-13 Season, but, after the arrival of Simon Mignolet last summer, he fell down the pecking order and was placed on loan to Napoli.
Reina has so far represented Liverpool in 285 League games.