Reds ace reveals Arsenal snub

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Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina claims the club blocked him from making a £20million move to Arsenal in the summer of 2010 reports

The 29-year-old Spanish stopper revealed he was tempted to leave Merseyside in favour of a move to north London after returning from Spain's victorious World Cup campaign, because as far as he could see, the Reds were on a downward spiral.

"I went from elation one minute to depression the next as the realisation dawned that Liverpool were going nowhere fast," Reina explained in his new autobiography.

"When I signed my contract in April 2010 I hoped that better times were just around the corner, a feeling that was fuelled by the promises of improvement from people at the club.

"It didn't take me long to feel that their promises were hollow. I felt betrayed. Our owners were at war with each other, the club's debts were spiralling out of control and a change in manager had failed to dispel the feeling that we were on the road to nowhere."


Reina's head was turned by the interest from Gunners boss Arsene Wenger, following the sacking of Rafael Benitez - the man who first brought him to Anfield.

But the Spaniard explained how Reds chiefs rejected Arsenal's £20m bid and stopped him from making a switch from to the Emirates Stadium because they feared his exit would dissuade potential buyers of Liverpool football club.

"Arsenal had made their determination to sign me clear by offering £20m, a phenomenal amount for a goalkeeper," he continued. "Part of me felt that I was well within my rights to consider my future even if I did so with a heavy heart.

"When Liverpool received the bid, they rejected it. This was not because I had been told that I was too good a keeper to leave. The reason I was given was quite different - and it left me feeling down.

"I was told that my continued presence was crucial to the sale of the club. I was simply a bargaining chip in the sales process."

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