Reina: “I’m honored and very happy to be at Milan, there was no chance of me going to join Chelsea, Higuain is very motivated and he is in great shape”

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Pepe Reina during his presentation at Milanello on August 10, 2018. (@acmilan.com)
Pepe Reina during his presentation at Milanello on August 10, 2018. (@acmilan.com)

Pepe Reina has said he wants to bring Milan back to the top as he was officially presented to the press today.

Reina already played in two pre-season matches for the Rossoneri this summer, but today his official presentation took place at training center Milanello.

The Spaniard sat alongside Leonardo and Paolo Maldini, who replaced the management that signed Pepe, and answered the questions of the journalists.

“My first impressions of Milan considering I played for big clubs before? Milan will always be a very special club,” Reina told the journalists. “As a kid, you always dream of playing for top clubs and Milan is one of them. I’m honored and very happy to be here. I want to help this club, and I want the club to go forward. This is a great challenge for me to take Milan back at the top. Milan should be back at the top of the table and fighting for trophies and I want to be back at those days.

Pepe Reina and Paolo Maldini during the goalkeeper's presentation at Milanello of Milan's new #25 on August 10, 2018. (@acmilan.com)
Pepe Reina and Paolo Maldini during the goalkeeper’s presentation at Milanello of Milan’s new #25 on August 10, 2018. (@acmilan.com)

“What it feels sitting next to two great legends like Maldini and Leonardo? I’m almost 36, my legs are trembling, and my hands are trembling because it’s so special to be next these two legends of the game. I had the misfortune of losing in the 2007 CL final against this gentleman [pointing at Maldini], the history of this club speaks for itself. A club that won the CL 7 times, it’s very prestigious.

“My role off the pitch as a team leader? I understand that the club has a lot of faith in me, they invested a lot in me and have confidence in me. With my hard work and professionalism, I will repay that faith and confidence. I’ve always given my all for each club I played for and it will be exactly the same here. I’m always very positive, professional and show complete dedication. I’ll be ready.

Pepe Reina during his presentation at Milanello on August 10, 2018. (@acmilan.com)
Pepe Reina during his presentation at Milanello on August 10, 2018. (@acmilan.com)

“Impressions from Gennaro Gattuso? I’ve been very impressed, he’s a direct coach who requires that you give your all for the cause and that’s how it should be. He’s very clear, direct and I like it. He says it how it is, it’s better to get things out in the open and say things up front than hide in the locker room for 2-3 months. That’s how the coach is, he’s very direct. Of course, I’m not saying that I want any fights or arguments [laughs], but it’s important to tell the truth and be honest at all times.

“If there are the foundations at Milan to do something important? I hope that we can go far, that’s why I’m here. We have to improve on last season’s 6th place finish, we can get into the Champions League and that would be fantastic. We do have a lot of passion for this game, these are exciting times for the club, it’s a great challenge to take Milan back to where it deserves and that is at the top.

“If I can give Gattuso some secrets from Sarri’s 4-3-3? I think he’s studied it well. Sarri is highly-respected by everyone, and if he needs some advice from me, I’m here to share what I learned under Sarri to try to improve. I hope Milan can play the way Napoli have played in recent years under Sarri.

Pepe Reina during his presentation at Milanello on August 10, 2018. (@acmilan.com)
Pepe Reina during his presentation at Milanello on August 10, 2018. (@acmilan.com)

“How has Higuain settled so far? He’s very motivated, he’s determined to give his all. Fitness-wise, he’s in great shape, we can’t wait to play at Napoli in round 2. I’m hoping we start off in the right foot next week against Genoa. If I spoke to Higuain during the negotiations? I didn’t hear from him before the transfer. Once he joined he called me and asked for information. But that’s it really, before that I didn’t speak too much to him, it wasn’t me who convinced him to join the club.

“Both Higuain and I were linked with Sarri’s Chelsea? Sarri called me, to wish me good luck. There was absolutely no chance of me going to join Chelsea. I never allowed myself to even think about it because I made the decision to face this challenge which for me is beautiful. I repeat, I want to take Milan back to the top. As for Chelsea and Sarri, I wish him all the best but it ends there. I’m focused on Milan and all I can do is pay tribute to my former coach.

Leonardo, Pepe Reina and Paolo Maldini during the presentation at Milanello of Milan's new #25 on August 10, 2018. (@acmilan.com)
Leonardo, Pepe Reina and Paolo Maldini during the presentation at Milanello of Milan’s new #25 on August 10, 2018. (@acmilan.com)

“My competition with Donnarumma? I’ve always had a lot of competition across my career. I always give my best and hope to play, but I always respect the decisions of the coach. We all want to make it hard for him, but the main thing is to put the team first as always, I’m sure the coach will do so.”

Reina could get some more minutes and prove again his worth tomorrow as Milan face Real Madrid for the Trofeo Santiago Bernabéu at 21:00 CEST.

5 COMMENTS

  1. How can we not love this guy , what a professional !! I wish you all the good luck Pepe <3
    What pisses me off is reading what Reina thinks of Napoli, and what Higuin said about Juve days ago , and then , there what our ex-piece of shit-captain , who was so afraid to be hated in Turin that he just kept talking about how happy he is , and when asked about Milan he responded like it was a fu**ing gas station he passed by , i feel so so sorry for Montolivo , cause no matter how bad he is , he doesn't deserve to be replaces with this fu**er in his last year at Milan.

     
  2. Great interview and a thoroughbred professional and has been at every club he’s played
    Donnarumma for the first time in his career is facing serious competition and if I’m being honest it’s Donna who I’d put on the bench, Reina very seldom makes mistakes if any at all and let’s face it Donna has made quite a few plus Reina is far better with his feet and a modern keeper especially with how we play out from the back its essential he plays the right ball
    Every time Donna is in those kind of situations I almost always put my hands over my eyes waiting on an error but you just don’t see Reina making those
    Donnarumma can and should learn a lot from Reina and I’m thrilled we signed him

     
  3. It’s nice to have Reina and so fired up. There’s nothing wrong with some healthy competition even in strinic case, it’s what gets the best out of the players. I wish for a great season for Reina and donnarumma.

    So Silva has been left out of the squad to face madrid and has apparently agreed to move to Sevilla. Bacca too should be leaving. I wouldn’t mind keeping bacca unless he wants to leave. But once again if they leave we only have cutrone and Higgy which isn’t enough. Are we getting rid of these players to maybe make a big bid for maybe martial draxler or SMS?

     
  4. At first I was against Reina’s signing because I thaught it would mean that Donna would leave – even though it would be for the best – but right now, I’m absolutely delighted to have him at the club. A real professional, experienced, he knows what it means to play for this club, and is still at the very highest level. To have both him and Donna is great, Donna can learn so much from him, hopefully Plizz is doing the same now when he’s been back with us. With our young back four, I honestly wouldn’t mind, perhaps would even prefer to see Reina start to guide them and give them that extra sense of security.

     

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