Munich - FC Bayern München have completed the signing of goalkeeper Pepe Reina from English Premier League side Liverpool FC on a three-year contract.
'I'm a winner'
Reina, who spent the 2013/14 season on loan at SSC Napoli in Serie A, agreed terms with the German record titleholders this week and was confirmed as a Bayern player after completing his medical on Friday. He will wear the number 23 shirt, the same number he dons for the Spanish national team.
“I’m very happy to be joining one of the biggest clubs in the world,” said Reina to
. “It’s a great step forward. They’ve got a really great project in mind, which is winning trophies, as many as possible in the next few years. I consider myself a winner and I will do everything I can to help the team and bring success. I’m really looking forward to getting started with my new teammates, getting to know them and the manager. I want to win and push Manuel [Neuer] as hard as I can.” José Manuel "Pepe" Reina, who has won both the FIFA World Cup (2010) and the UEFA European Championships (2008, 2012) with the Spanish national team, spent last season on loan at Serie A side SSC Napoli, but fit the bill perfectly for Bayern. “Pep [Guardiola] wanted a goalkeeper, who can play to a similar standard as Manuel Neuer,” said club CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge. “It’s of course not straight forward to find a player with that kind of quality and experience, who is willing to accept not being first-choice.”
Reina joined Liverpool from Villarreal CF in July 2005, less than two months after the Merseyside club had defeated AC Milan in the final of the UEFA Champions League, and went on to make 285 league appearances for the Merseyside club. He was loaned out to Napoli at the beginning of last season after falling out of favour with Reds' coach Brendan Rodgers, and now embarks on a new challenge in the Bundesliga. The 31-year-old has also won 33 caps for Spain and was part of Vicente del Bosque's squad for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, appearing in
La Furia Roja
's final match of the tournament against Australia.