In an interview with L’Équipe, Pepe Reina explains that he almost signed for Paris in the summer of 2017. But the Spanish goalkeeper of Lazio, who was playing in Naples at the time, was finally blocked by his club .
Few of the players have experienced the five major European leagues. Even less in major clubs. Pepe Reina was almost one of them. But after having evolved in Spain, England, Italy and Germany, his stopover in France was finally canceled. Barely. In the summer of 2017, the Spanish goalkeeper was the subject of a concrete approach from PSG as he defended the colors of Naples for the second time in his career. A firm offer was even formulated by the club of the capital, which wanted to put it in competition with Kevin Trapp or Alphonse Areola. In vain.
« There was the possibility, but in the end it could not be done, confides the 38-year-old goalkeeper in an interview with L’Équipe. Naples had not wanted to sell me at that time and I did not ‘had not been able to go to PSG. Last summer, it is true that there were rumors. But in 2017, there was a written offer, which was rejected. «
A shock against Bayern Munich in the Champions League
Reina therefore stayed at Napoli. Before joining AC Milan a year later, being loaned to Aston Villa in January 2020 and landing last September at Lazio, where he established himself as the holder. With more than 800 professional matches on the clock, the native of Madrid is now talking about his experience in the Eternal City. His club will undoubtedly need it when it comes to hosting Bayern Munich on Tuesday in the round of 16 first leg of the Champions League (9 p.m. on RMC Sport).
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