Pepe Reina has expressed his disappointment at being loaned out by Liverpool to Napoli for the forthcoming season.
He is unhappy that the loan agreement with Napoli was carried out without his knowledge, and has written a letter to Liverpool fans in which he states that he would have liked to have continued his eight-year career with the club - once a move to Barcelona had failed to materialise.
For me, this is a refreshing and rare development in which the club, rather than the player, has called the shots.
Reina has been strongly linked with a move to Barcelona, and the player himself has never come forward to say that he wouldn’t go to the Catalan giants, and never stated that he wished to stay at Liverpool in order to off-set those transfer rumours.
I find it hard to believe that these rumours of a move to Barca haven’t come from the player himself or from one of his representatives, so it is nice to see the boot firmly on the other foot for once.
In the modern game, players have way too much power and there have already been several examples this off-season of players trying to engineer moves away from their clubs. Clubs, let’s not forget, who pay these players an exorbitant amount of money to play for them.
Liverpool have been treated horrendously this summer by one player in particular, who has made it blatantly obvious that he no longer wishes to play for them and that he feels he is too big for the club.
As a result, I have no sympathy for Reina on the basis that, if Barcelona had come calling, he’d have been off in the blink of an eye.
Wouldn’t it be nice if players got on with their jobs and carried out their transfer dealings in private rather than dragging their clubs, most of whom have very proud histories, through the gutter via the media?
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