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Pepe Reina blasts Liverpool over loan move

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Spanish goalkeeper Pepe Reina has issued a letter to the Liverpool fans revealing his true feelings about his loan move to Italian side Napoli.

In the letter, which was published on the goalkeeper's official website, the ex-Liverpool shot-stopper revealed that the first time he had heard about the proposed move was after it had been finalised.

Liverpool signed Sunderland goalkeeper Simon Mignolet earlier this summer and that sparked reports suggesting that Reina could be on his way out after strong interest had been shown in him by both Arsenal and Barcelona.

Brendan Rodgers admitted that the move to Napoli was for financial reasons and also because of the way Reina behaved after reports came out that Barca wanted to bring him back to the Nou Camp.

However, the goalkeeper himself has blasted the Liverpool management team and the board after they made the move behind his back and only let him known once everything was finalised.

In the open letter, Reina went on to thank the supporters at the club and admitted that it has been a sad end to a great time at Anfield.

The letter 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."

He added: "None of this will change my feelings for the club or the people in any way and now I have to look forward to a new challenge with Rafa Benitez, who I consider to be the best manager I have worked with, and I am fortunate to be going from one great club to another.

"Napoli remind me in many ways of the Liverpool I found in 2005, in all the affection they have shown me on my arrival, in having an ambitious project, even in coinciding and working with Benitez again.

"This memory which in part unites me with you, makes me happy and feel very motivated to begin this new project."

You can see the full letter on Reina's official website.

 

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