Pepe Reina starts his adventure in Lazio

The Spaniard said goodbye to Milan and, after having passed the medical examination, signed this afternoon for two years with the option of another. Tomorrow he will join the biancoceleste concentration.


After having defended the colors of Barcelona, Villarreal, Liverpool, Naples, Bayern, Milan and Aston Villa, Pepe Reina today began his eighth adventure. The Spanish, as AS announced last Sunday, after having waited for Valencia (who could not sign him without the sale of Cillessen) this Wednesday underwent the medical examination with Lazio, who were looking for a second reliable goalkeeper for a fundamental season. The Romans will be back in a Champions League group stage for the first time since 2007, and there was no one better than the fifth player in history with the most appearances in UEFA competitions (171) to bring experience and quality to their goal.

The former Neapolitan will play the position with Thomas Strakosha, a talented 25-year-old goalkeeper, who has been a starter for four years with very good performances. Reina will most likely have space in league matches ahead of the European matches, but the biancocelesti will give her more chances than expected at Milan, where Donnarumma is untouchable. With the Rossoneri (who let him leave for free) he had another year on his contract and a salary that exceeded 3 million net, but Pepe's priority was to play. In January he went on loan to Aston Villa and with 12 great performances he contributed to the unexpected salvation of the villains, who thanked him publicly when he said goodbye. At Lazio, Reina will earn practically half, but will realize the desire to continue playing in the elite until the end. On August 31, he will celebrate his 38 years, although age does not weigh him down: this afternoon he signed a two-season contract with an option for another. That course would finish just two months of his 41 years. And who knows if he will have tired there ...

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