The 31-year-old was released by Galatasaray in January 2014 and joined Watford for the rest of the Championship 2013/14 season. He has an agreement to join Italian side Udinese in the summer. Udinese as well as Watford are owned by the Pozzo family from Italy. Riera made eight league appearances for Watford towards the end of the 2013/14 season scoring once (against Ipswich Town in April) but being sent off at Charlton towards the end of the month which meant that he was suspended for the last match of the season against Huddersfield Town in early-May.
Towards the end of November 2014 ... and before he had even made a single league appearance for Udinese ... the Italian club sacked the 32-year-old Spaniard, apparently for attending a poker tournament instead of reporting to play for the club he was under contract to. The following March he returned to his first club Real Mallorca, signing a deal until the end of 2015/16 but after six games he was released from this and joined Slovenian side NK Zavrc in September 2015, where he scored once in twelve appearances before joining Fc Koper, allso of Slovenia in January. After one game there he didnt feature again all season and left the club. A proposed move to Tomsk in Russia in February 2017 was blocked by the authorities there and he finally announced his retirement in February 2018.
|2||West Ham United|
|1||Preston North End|
|1||Preston North End|
The Spanish winger on why he doesn't mind boozy Brits, his love of Swedish crime novels, and cheeky illegal music downloads. From The Guardian.
I've been here two years and I know how he [Benítez] is. He has 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 spend my whole career here [at Liverpool], but we players live to play. My aim is to go to the World Cup and for this I have to be playing. 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'm doing something badly and you are my boss, and you value me, then you are going to come and tell me what I have to do to play again. This is what hurts me. You see that the team are not doing well and there are no changes. It's a little frustrating because you see that you can help.
Albert Riera seals his exit from Liverpool Football Club in March 2010. Benítez rang Riera's agent, with news of a two weeks suspension, as soon as he heard of the interview on Radio Marca and verified it had taken place.
|Club||Season||Club rank||League apps||League goals||Total apps||Total goals|
|Real Mallorca||2000-2001||Spain 1||3||1||3||1|
|Real Mallorca||2001-2002||Spain 1||8||1||8||1|
|Real Mallorca||2002-2003||Spain 1||35||4||36||5|
|Manchester City||2005-2006||England Premier League||15||1||19||1|
|NK Zavrc||2015-2016||Slovenia 1||12||1||12||1|
|FC Koper||2015-2016||Slovenia 1||1||0||1||0|