As he joins Napoli on a season-long loan, reuniting with former manager Rafael Benitez, Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina has claimed that he was not informed of the deal with the Italian side until it was completed, according to Sky
There were rumours linking Reina with a summer move to Barcelona and Reds boss Brendan Rodgers said last week that the 30-year-old’s desire to leave for the Nou Camp was the prime reason for the signing of Simon Mignolet, who will take over as first-choice ‘keeper. However, Reina disputes that in an open letter on his website, where he declared that he would have been happy to extend his contract at Liverpool.
He said: “If I have one regret, it is the way that I am leaving. It is only natural that I would be disappointed that the Liverpool management agreed to loan me to Napoli without telling me first.
“A lot has been made about me informing the club that if an offer came in from Barcelona that I would have liked them to consider it. But I had also spoken to the club about the possibility of extending my contract if the offer was not made.
“I told the manager that I wanted to play for Liverpool and that Barcelona would only become an option for me if the opportunity arrived, like the rumours said it would, as it would be a chance for me to go back home.”
Reina went on to thank the club’s supporters, express his hope of seeing Liverpool challenge for major honours next season and be a stronger side when he returns next summer.
And after eight years at Anfield, and a total of 393 appearances in all competitions, Reina also admitted that it would be a ‘strange feeling’ not to be playing for Liverpool next season.
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