Pennant: Benitez axed me because I’m English

Pennant has joined Portsmouth on loan until the end of the season after being told by Benitez that his career at Anfield was over.

He said: “I am looking forward to Tony Adams speaking English.

“Last season I played 34 games and in a Champions League final the previous year for Rafa but now he has had a change of plans.

“I don’t know if it is the English mentality he dislikes but there are not a lot of English players at Liverpool.

“I have mentioned that before when I was at Arsenal so I have not had much luck with foreign managers.

“It seems very strange to go from playing every week to training on my own on Saturday afternoons.

“But that is Rafa for you and I don’t think half the players at Liverpool can work him out.

“I have been speaking to a lot of the other Liverpool players and they could not understand why I was not being selected, especially in the games at home where they have struggled to win.

“It was the same with Peter Crouch and he had to get away too.

“I spoke to Crouchie a lot before I came here and he told me to join Portsmouth. He said Tony would give me more chances to play.”

He added: “It is weird I cannot get into Liverpool’s team but Real Madrid want me.

“It is very flattering to be linked with a club of their size because they are one of the best teams in the world. I did not speak to Madrid directly but my agent may have done. I did not speak to Milan either but again my agent may have.

“I’m here for six months because I want regular football. It would be a great experience to play abroad and I’m not ruling it out.”