Pepe Reina has hit out at Liverpool management accusing them of forcing him out of the club. Reina’s position at the club was already under doubt after Liverpool signed Simon Mignolet from Sunderland. Last week Liverpool confirmed that they had to come to an agreement with Napoli on a season-long loan where Reina will reunite with former Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez.
Speaking about the move on his personal website he said,
“’But 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, I thought that I deserved better than that even though I understand that difficult decisions have to be taken in football.
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. When it didn’t come I was happy to fight for my place so I was surprised that Liverpool decided it was in the club´s interests to send me to Napoli instead.”
Reina’s move away from Liverpool shouldn’t really come as a surprise to anyone. His form has been down for last 2 seasons and his fate was sealed the moment Liverpool captured Simon Mignolet. There were reports earlier that he was going to replace Victor Valdes at Barcelona but nothing came out of it. With the World Cup fast approaching Reina knows that lack of game time will affect the chances of him getting picked for Spain. And with Napoli having sold their first choice keeper Morgan De Sanctis to AS Roma this is a move that will benefit both parties involved.