In a bit of an odd move for the Spaniard, former Liverpool shot-stopper Pepe Reina has completed a move to Bayern Munich on a three-year contract, the club announced.
31-year-old Reina is still in the prime of a goalkeeper’s career, but moves behind arguably the world’s best goalkeeper in Manuel Neuer, and his quotes reflected his expectation of little playing time.
“I came here because I want to win as many trophies as possible,” Reina said on the move.
He may win trophies, but the man who left Liverpool after the signing of Simon Mignolet in search of more playing time seems to have changed his priorities.
He went on loan to Napoli last season and played just about the entire season as the first-choice keeper, making 30 Serie A starts.
But the Italian club decided not to purchase Reina permanently from Liverpool by triggering his reported $6.6 million release clause, instead buying Mariano Andujar from Catania for a third of that price to give Rafael and Antonio Rosati some competition.
Reina hasn’t made fewer than 30 league starts in a season since the 2003/04 season – his penultimate with Villareal before coming to Merseyside.
“It reflects what we were looking for. We wanted a goalkeeper who is experienced and established and also has certain footballing qualities,” said Bayern CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge.