"I’m very happy to be here and I’m looking forward to a few very busy weeks!" smiled Pelle Clement minutes after the 21-year-old had put pen to paper on a deal which will keep him at Madejski Stadium until the summer of 2020.
"For me, everything is very new...I have played for Ajax since the age of 11, so I’ve never done this before. And I’m really happy I’m here – the people have been extremely helpful and it already feels like home. I can’t wait to get started!"
Clement arrives in a country, at a club, in a division which remains foreign to him. But he has worked closely with the coaching staff at Jong Ajax and is looking forward to fitting into Jaap Stam's plans ahead of the new 2017-18 season.
"I had a chat with the manager and Jaap told me his plans – we spoke about football in general, what my position could be in the team...and for me that was important because Jaap knows my qualities, what I can and can’t do, and he wants me here.
"The coaches were my trainers at Jong Ajax for a time and I really enjoyed working with them all, so I am really looking forward to being reunited with them and to another great season playing for them.
"Jaap has told me about the club and the division - and, as a player, he knows me better than I know myself. I trust him and I trust the coaches, so I felt this was an amazing opportunity to take.
"It was very important for me to start to get into a first team - it was a great moment to make my debut in the Dutch league and in the Europa League last season, and playing in the ArenA was incredible. But I felt I had to take a new step."
His new challenge comes at Reading where he hopes he can slide seamlessly into Stam's style of football and impress the Madejski Stadium faithful.
"I’m an offensive midfielder and I can play right across the midfield, but I can play as a winger as well; my last few games at Ajax I played as a left winger with a free offensive role. I don’t know what plans the manager has for me, but I will do my best wherever I am asked to start."
Bizarrely, the Royals newest acquisition will train with his new teammates for a week and a half before heading back out to his homeland to spend a pre-season stay in Oosterbeek with the squad - and that ahead of a friendly against Vitesse Arnhem back on UK soil!
"It’s home from home," Clement laughed. "It’s a bit strange that we go to Arnhem on a training camp and then play Vitesse back here!
"But it’s a good club and I’m looking forward to that match - I know a few of the guys over there so it will be fun."