It looks like the relationship between Napoli goalkeeper Pepe Reina and the Napoli President Aurelio De Laurentiis has gotten a lot worse, after Pepe has rejected a two year extension to his contract at the Italian club.
Pepe’s contract runs out in a year and we covered that story this morning with it now looking like Napoli may have to sell their goalkeeper this summer.
Newcastle’s Rafa Benitez, his former manager at both Liverpool and Napoli is anxious to sign the 34 year-old for Newcastle.
Miguel and Pepe Reina pictured together
But the father has spoken today in the Italian press and seems upset the two grown men are arguing and cannot just sit down at a table and sort out their differences like mature people do.
Miguel Reina has freely admitted the relationship between his son and the President are somewhat strained, but he wants them to sort it out and quickly too.
This is what a sensible Miguel Reina has told Italian Radio station CRC today:
“I know something happened between the President and Pepe,”
“They have to stop being kids and sit round the table, look at each other face-to-face and solve this issue.
“I swear, as a father of five children, that I don’t know if he’s had another offer or not. That’s his agent’s job.
“What I can tell you is that Pepe and his family are very happy in Naples, I swear that to you, on my family’s honor.
“There’s just this conflict with the President, and that has to be solved immediately, for the benefit of all the parties involved.
“This situation has surprised me, because the relations with the club have always been very friendly.”
There’s some real common sense coming from Pepe’s papa, but unfortunately he wants his son to stay at Napoli and sort out his differences with the President.
We’ll learn shortly what kind of impact the father can have on one of Newcastle’s transfer targets.
If Pepe takes a lot of notice of his father Rafa Benitez may need to look elsewhere if he really wants that experienced goalkeeper at Newcastle this summer.
What do you think?