Spanish international goalkeeper Pepe Reina has been sold by Liverpool of the English Premier League to German Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich. The transfer fee was reported to be three million euros. However, Reina won’t likely see much playing time with his new club since he’ll be backing up number one keeper and German international Manuel Neuer. Bayern manager Pep Guardiola said that Reina has signed a three-year deal which will see him stay at the Allianz Arena until June of 2017.
Reina has previously played with Barcelona and Villarreal in the Spanish La Liga as well as Liverpool. The English side sent him out on loan to Napoli of the Italian Serie A for the 2013/14 campaign. Reina shouldn’t feel homesick playing for Bayern since he has a few Spanish teammates there in Javi Martinez, Juan Bernat, and Thiago Alcantara. The transfer was confirmed by Bayern Munich chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge. The only thing that could jeopardize the deal now is if the 32-year-old Reina fails his medical.
Rummenigge stated, “Pepe Reina will come to Munich in the next few days for a medical examination and to sign his contract. He was eager to come to Bayern Munich. He wanted to embark on this adventure even though he knows that, in Manuel Neuer, he has a keeper in front of him who, if nothing changes, will always remain the number one.”
Reina was Liverpool’s top keeper for eight years, most of them under former manager Rafael Benitez. But that all changed when Brendan Rodgers arrived to manage the team a few seasons ago. Rodgers felt the team needed an upgrade between the goalposts and signed Belgian international Simon Mignolet last summer from fellow Premier League outfit Sunderland. Liverpool also has Australian keeper Brad Jones as backup and this enabled Rodgers to authorize Reina’s loan to Napoli last year, where Benitez is the manager.