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Reina disappointed to be leaving Liverpool

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Reina surprised at club's decision to send him to Napoli (©GettyImages)
Reina surprised at club's decision to send him to Napoli (©GettyImages).

Spanish keeper Pepe Reina has publicly expressed his disappointment at Liverpool for their handling of his loan move to Napoli.

Reina, who will be 31 by the end of August, has been sent out on loan to Napoli by Brendan Rodgers, after he signed Belgian shot stopper Simon Mignolet from Sunderland this summer.

In an open letter on his personal website, the keeper sensationally claimed that he was not informed of his season-long loan to the Italian outfit until after a deal had been struck with Liverpool.

Speculation had been rife of Reina's long-term future at Anfield following the signing of 25-year-old Mignolet, but the Spaniard claims he was interested in extending his contract to stay in England before agreeing to link up with former Anfield manager Rafael Benitez.

"If I have one regreat, it is the way that I am leaving," the keeper said on his website.

"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," added Reina. 

The Spaniard had been strongly linked with a move back to Barcelona where he started his career, however, on his website Reina claims he would have been attracted by a contract extension deal regardless of the interest shown by the Catalan giants.

"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, said Reina. 

"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 not 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," the goalkeeper explained. 

The Spaniard has spent eight years at Anfield appearing for Liverpool 394 times in all competitions, and clearly has much fondness for the city.

"My children consider Liverpool to be their home and hopefully their love for the city and also for the club will only grow while we are away."

In a direct address to the fans, with whom Reina became a firm favourite following his move from Villarreal in 2005, he said: "I would have liked to have been able to say goodbye in a different way but because of the way the move came about this was not possible.

"Maybe in the near future I can do it properly so that I can show my appreciation to you, but all I would ask now is that you keep on inspiring the manager and the players just like you always have done and help Liverpool to become the club that you deserve once again.

"I would like nothing better than to come back at the end of my year away and for Liverpool to be back where they belong."

 

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