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Clement hoping for a good start to the season

Pelle can't wait for competitive football again!

3 August 2017

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Pelle Clement says he cannot wait for his first season as a Royal to get underway this weekend.

Jaap Stam's side travel to Loftus Road to take on Queens Park Rangers on Saturday, before a run of three consecutive home games at Madejski Stadium in the space of eight days.

Clement revealed his excitement to meet our supporters and get out in front of a Madejski crowd for the first time when the season starts.

"I'm very excited, of course!" He said with a smile. "I'm looking forward more to it than the QPR away game. Luckily enough we've got three (home games) in a row, and I'm ready to play.

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Three games in eight days at Madejski Stadium this August!

3 August 2017

"I'm looking forward to meeting the fans at Madejski Stadium, of course."

While Royals already won both of a double header of pre-season friendlies last month against Ian Holloway's men, Clement says those matches pale into insignificance once three important points are on the line.

"I expect a whole different game," he elaborated. "We played very well at Hogwood, getting the ball moving and QPR just running after us, and that's the way we want it.

"In a full stadium, away game, first game, it's three points we're fighting for. It'll be different but we have faith in our team and the way we played against QPR gives us hope and we trust in ourselves as well. We're looking forward to it."

Summer signing Clement, 21, also spoke openly about his desire to go out and perform in honour of his good friend and former Ajax team-mate Abdelhak 'Appie' Nouri, who tragically suffered permanent brain damage after collapsing on the pitch in a pre-season friendly last month.

Ajax fans show their support for Pelle's good friend Appie Nouri, who is currently in a coma.

"I have no words for it. In pre-season I went back to Amsterdam a few times to visit his family, it's so hard. Everything I do, every time I step on the pitch I feel lucky that I can be there.

"When I have a bit of a hard time, it will help me to reflect on how lucky I am and I'm not going to be unhappy if I have a game on the bench.

"You have to be thankful that you can be out on the pitch on such great pitches, such great fans over here and great people. You just have to feel lucky to be able to play football."

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