Yakou Méïte says he is happy with how his pre-season is progressing, having played a part in every friendly so far with the Royals.
The young striker, 22, spent last season out on loan at French second tier side Sochaux, and he is hoping to use that experience to fight for regular game time with the Royals this time around.
“I’m very pleased to be back," he said after Tuesday's 2-2 draw against Beşiktaş. "I’ve trained very hard to play every game so I’ll try to keep going, keep working to be at the top.
“I’m very happy to come back to England, I want to improve myself so I think at the moment it’s good for me. I’ve had a lot of game time so I want to play more than last season, and it’s good.
“It was good, I played a lot, scored some goals and I was happy to go back to France. Now I’m happy to be back and I’m happy to play, so I think if I work hard I can play this season."
The Ivory Coast U21 international said the Royals got their just rewards for a battling performance against the Turkish side, with the squad showing grit and determination to get back into it.
“The game was very tough but I think we worked hard as a team," Méïte continued. "The gaffer said we had to press and stay high, I think in the first half we were very good.
“When we conceded two goals, we worked to come back into the game and scored two – we were very happy to draw against this type of team.
“I like to press, I like giving everything on the pitch, I like running and I’m happy to do my job.
“I think we deserved it because we had a lot of chances and I think me and the team worked very hard for this.
"After the substitutes came on they had a lot of space, so we deserved the two goals because we worked very hard to go back to 2-2.”