Pepe Reina 'surprisingly' happy with new life in Italy

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Pepe Reina has revealed his joy at life in Italy with Napoli under former-Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez.

The ex-Liverpool goalkeeper made the surprise switch to Naples after Simon Mignolet arrived at Anfield in the summer.

But the Spaniard is enjoying his reunion with his former manager at Liverpool, Rafael Benitez.

The 31-year-old told Spanish radio station Cadena Cope:

"I have been at Liverpool for a long time. But now I am happy here in Naples.

"I have a fresh outlook on the game and have been playing some of my best stuff. We are having a great championship.

"Am I surprised? Yes. The city is different from Liverpool – people do not respect your privacy, but they show their affection.

"We have a new coach, a new style and new players. I am happy at the moment, but I would be even happier if we won the league, Coppa Italia and Champions League!"

Napoli are currently second in Serie A, just three points behind league leaders Roma and face Marseille in the Champions League this evening as they look to qualify for the knock-out rounds.

Reina has been continually linked with a move to Barcelona as the long-term replacement for Victor Valdes but appears to be happy in Italy for now.

Valdes is out of contract at the end of the season, and is expected to leave the Nou Camp in the summer.

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