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Pepe Reina 'not angry' with Liverpool over Napoli move

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Pepe Reina has clarified that he is not angry with Liverpool over his loan move to Napoli after initially revealing his disappointment in an open letter.

The Spaniard released a statement to Liverpool fans via his official website on Monday, revealing he was not consulted over the move to Napoli. He also said he was upset with the way to deal was handled by the club.

Liverpool had expected to sell Reina this summer after bringing in Simon Mignolet from Sunderland in a £9m deal. However, Brendan Rodgers revealed that no offers came in for Reina so the loan deal was agreed with the Italian club. 

Despite Reina’s original regret he declared in an interview with Italian radio show El Larguero that he is not upset with Liverpool but grateful.

"I'm not angry with Liverpool - quite the opposite. I am very grateful to them for everything they have given me," he said.

"My departure was different to what I expected, but I will always be grateful to them.

"This is the nature of football - when you are loved by a team, you really feel it, but when you go through bad moments, you are treated differently. In the end I will remember the love I felt from the fans for so many years.

"My time in England is where I have felt truly like a footballer and I have put my name among the best players. I'm very proud to have played almost 400 games with Liverpool.

"I'll remember the friends I made in and outside the dressing room. Trophies stay in the cabinet gathering dust, but friends are for life."

Reina went on to reveal that Liverpool failed to tell him about the deal until it had been agreed with the Naples club but was happy to go as it gave him the chance to reunite with former-Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez.

"The signing wasn't sealed, because you can't do that without the consent of the player, but it was at an advanced stage and I didn't know about it," he said.

"Rafael Benitez is the best coach I have had. I don't know if I'd have joined Napoli without him being there. There are many positive things about the city of Napoli and they have a fervent support, like Liverpool's, but Benitez being there made it much easier for me to sign."

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