I remember when eveyone latched onto the 'sinking ship' media spin and used it to hang Riera. I post this in light of the possibility that he may be given a second chance at the club.
Here's (the best translation i could pice together of) what he said:
"When the coach says nothing to you and you are well, with no physical problems and training well, you cannot help but think it must be something personal. If I am doing things badly and you are my boss and you value me, you are going to tell me what I have to do to get back playing. That is what hurts me. It is a lack of tact."
“It seems strange that being Spanish there should be a problem with communication.”
“I have been here two years and he has never sorted out a situation with a player by talking to him. He thinks that it is him in charge and he is deaf to everything else. The dialogue is practically zero.”
“This year has been difficult, the team are not doing well and there are no changes. When you see that the ship is sinking and you don’t change anything it's a little frustrating because you see that you can help.”
"I've been here two years and I know how he (Benitez) is. He's never sorted out a situation with a player by talking with him. He thinks he's in charge and everything else falls on deaf ears. His dialogue with the players is practically nil."
"I would like to be here for the rest of my career, but players live to play."
"My objective is to go to the World Cup and for this I have to play. Right now the only market open is the Russian one, I have offers from two teams and, looking at my situation, that has made me reflect a lot."