Pepe Reina has issued an open letter to fans on his personal website, in the aftermath of his loan move to Serie A side Napoli. In it he claims he had to wait until the deal was agreed between the two clubs, before he knew anything about it.
The 30-year-old Spanish international said : “If I have one regret, it is the way that I am leaving. It is only natural that I would be disappointed that the Liverpool management agreed to loan me to Napoli without telling me first.
“I thought that I deserved better than that even though I understand that difficult decisions have to be taken in football.
“A lot has been made about me informing the club that if an offer came in from Barcelona that I would have liked them to consider it. But I had also spoken to the club about the possibility of extending my contract if the offer was not made.
“I told the manager that I wanted to play for Liverpool and that Barcelona would only become an option for me if the opportunity arrived, like the rumours said it would, as it would be a chance for me to go back home.
“When it didn’t come I was happy to fight for my place so I was surprised that Liverpool decided it was in the club’s interests to send me to Napoli instead.”
Speaking on not being a Liverpool player for the coming season, he said: “My children consider Liverpool to be their home and hopefully their love for the city and also for the club will only grow while we are away.
“I would have liked to have been able to say goodbye in a different way but because of the way the move came about this was not possible.
“Maybe in the near future I can do it properly so that I can show my appreciation to you but all I would ask now is that you keep on inspiring the manager and the players just like you always have done and help Liverpool to become the club that you deserve once again.
However Reina has not ruled out a return to Liverpool: “I would like nothing better than to come back at the end of my year away and for Liverpool to be back where they belong.”
On the fans at Anfield he said: “The supporters deserve the best of times and it would give me so much pleasure to see Liverpool back where they belong, challenging for trophies and getting back into the top four.
“That was where the club was when I first arrived and although I am leaving a different club, one with new owners, a new manager, new players and new challenges, I honestly believe that Liverpool can reach those levels again.”