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Mannone: "I'm delighted to be here"

Goalkeeper is excited to be a part of this "special" club

20 July 2017

New signing Vito Mannone says he is relishing the opportunity to start 'a new chapter' with Reading.

Mannone signed from Sunderland on a three-year deal for an undisclosed fee on Wednesday, and travelled out to Holland the same night to meet his new team-mates.

He took part in a training session on Thursday morning with our other goalkeepers here in Oosterbeek, and he spoke of his excitement to be a Royal.

"I'm delighted to be here," he said. "We had the first session today so it's good to know about the coach, Dave Beasant, and the other goalies.

"I met a few of the boys and the coaching staff this morning. I can see already that this is a very special group of players and good guys.

Vito getting stuck into training immediately on Thursday in Holland

"A chapter is closed (with Sunderland) but I'm into a new one and I'm so excited to start it. I just want to know the guys, get going and hopefully push for the promotion.

"I'm so excited to be starting this new adventure for me and for my family, already I can see that there are a lot of good ambitions in the club."

With four other goalkeepers on tour with the first team squad at the moment, the 29-year-old former Arsenal stopper says he is relishing the fight to be our new first-choice between the posts.

"It's always nice, every club I went to, I always found competition so it's our job, really.

"As a goalkeeper you need to know that it's three or four of us going for that.

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"I want to push forward and do my part to play football and be part of this special club, that has shown me great potential so far."

Mannone believes that despite his experience, there is always room for improvement and he has come here to learn.

"Hopefully I'll learn along my journey. It will give me the chance to have a good season, I will obviously give everything I can from my side and learn at the same time.

"You never stop learning, I have always believed that. You can be 45 and still learning, I just want to learn from a different coach and what he wants from me."


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