Liverpool transfers: Pepe Reina completes loan move to Napoli
Liverpool confirm Spain international Pepe Reina has completed his season-long loan switch to Napoli
Pepe Reina has completed his season-long loan move to Napoli, Liverpool have confirmed.
The Spain international is set to link up with former Reds manager Rafael Benítez, who brought the 30-year-old to Anfield in a £6m deal from Villarreal in 2005.
Reina, has made 394 appearances for the Reds, was widely expected to leave the Merseyside outfit after current manager Brendan Rodgers signed Simon Mignolet in June.
The World Cup winner had been previously linked with a move to Arsenal and Manchester United, as well as being touted as a possible successor for Victor Valdes at Barcelona.
Last week, Rodgers confirmed Reina’s departure was imminent and insisted the deal was in the best interests of both parties as the Spaniard looked to impress national manager Vicente Del Bosque.
“From last season, really, as a manager I was led to believe that we were going to get an offer for Pepe that would probably see him leave the club,” said Rodgers last Friday.
“On the football side, we have to protect the team, and at that stage we started our search for another goalkeeper. That found us Simon Mignolet, who’s top class, one of the top young European goalkeepers.
“As a senior goalkeeper, [Reina] needs to be playing. It’s a very important year for him with the World Cup next year. It wouldn’t have served any purpose, both for the club and him personally, if he’d been the one missing out.
“It’s decided he will go to Napoli and we’ve got two very good goalkeepers still at the football club. We’ll review it after the loan finishes.”