Royals defender Shaun Cummings spoke to Chelsea TV this week ahead of a return to Stamford Bridge. The defender spent almost nine years at the West London outfit as a youngster and a professional – read the transcript of his interview below.
So Shaun, a Premier League player, how does that feel?
SC: It feels brilliant, that was always my aim of course, and it would have been nice if it were with Chelsea - but I am at Reading and doing very well. From now on I am just glad to be known as a top flight player.
You started out at Chelsea, any fond memories?
SC: There are quite a lot, especially from when I was younger, but I won’t be going into detail about that! Ryan Bertrand will be able to tell you a few things because we were in the same age group.
Did you grow up alongside any other memorable names?
SC: Of course there was Ryan along with Jack Cork, who is now at Southampton and Sam Hutchinson, who is still at Chelsea but on loan to Nottingham Forest at the moment. Liam Bridcutt at Brighton too so everyone is doing very well which is great to see.
Do you keep in touch with them still?
SC: Yes I do, I spoke with Ryan and Liam a few days ago. When we meet up together we just talk about general stuff and rarely go into football matters. I haven’t discussed with Ryan what it’s like to be in the Premier League because we always find ourselves talking about other things.
How much has Chelsea changed since you have left?
SC: It has changed quite a bit to be fair, they have had a number of different managers since I was there. They have Roberto Di Matteo now who I knew from my time at MK Dons and West Brom so it is great to see him in the Chelsea job after all of the good work he has done.
What was he like as a manager and someone to work with?
SC: Brilliant, he is always composed and never really lost his cool when the team wasn’t doing so well, he was a great manager to work under and I was proud to see him take Chelsea to Munich and do such a good job. He gave me my first chance when I was at Chelsea and let me go on loan to MK Dons, I like to think that was where my career really started.
Chelsea’s first home game is against the Royals, how does it feel to be going to Stamford Bridge?
SC: I have always wanted to touch and play on the field there but never got the chance, hopefully I will get the opportunity to do it now. We know what we have to do as a team, we go into every game looking for the win regardless of which team we are facing against. We know what we are capable of doing in the Premier League, last season we proved that by winning the Championship so hopefully now we can go to Chelsea and show the European champions that we have what it takes.