Reading duo in no rush for exit despite Premier League relegation

Pavel Pogrebnyak and Jem Karacan are in no rush to quit Reading.

Russian international Pogrebnyak joined the Royals during the summer when his contract at Stuttgart expired, having impressed during a short loan spell at Fulham last term. However, just as his new side struggled, so too did he fail to impress at the Madejski Stadium.

The striker has scored just five goals in 27 Premier League appearances, yet despite this, he has already been linked with a move ahead of the window. But the 29-year-old has now revealed he is prepared to stay at Reading despite their demotion to the Championship.

“So far I don’t know anything about my future. It’d be great to stay in England,” he told Sport Express. “I’ve a four-year long contract with Reading so how could I say I don’t want to play here? If it happens like this then I’ll play in the Championship. We’ll talk about my future with Anton Zingarevich in the near future.”

Jem Karacan, meanwhile, has been linked with a move to Galatasaray where he would link up with the likes of Didier Drogba and Wesley Sneijder. But like Pogrebnyak, the midfielder, who has a Turkish father and has represented the country at U21 level, is under contract at the Royals and is prepared to stay and help them regain their place in the Premier League.

“I’m a Reading player,” said the 24-year-old. “I signed a deal last summer and everyone wants to play in the best league in the world and it’s gutting to not have that next year. Reading is a Premier League club and we know we should be there and we will try our hardest to get back up. I will be as happy as ever if I’m still here.”


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