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Yakou stars in The Long Read, in The Royal

Hear from man of the moment in extended interview

21 April 2019

Your Easter Monday edition of The Royal is another programme full of essential pre-match reading, so make sure you get your copy for just £3.

Yakou Méïté sits down for the latest instalment of The Long Read, talking about everything from his first international cap, to his friendship with Mo Barrow, to his rollercoaster spell as a Reading player.

Take a sneak peek below:

“The most important thing is to play. If I stayed here, it was for playing. I didn’t want to come on for 20-25 minutes – when you’re young, it’s good, but I’m 23 and I don’t want to be anywhere to just sit on the bench.

“The big start for me was when I signed my contract. Before I signed my contract, I didn’t play so well – I played some good games, but it wasn’t the Yakou you know and see now on the pitch.

“When I signed for four years, my head was clear, I was happy and I wanted to prove to people that, because they’ve given me four years, I wanted to prove why I earned it on the pitch.

“Some people were happy; some people weren’t but football is like this. I just tried to do it for myself, the people who believed in me and even for the people who didn’t. I’m sometimes on social media and I see the messages, I want to show people that I can do the job.”

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Not only will you hear from Reading skipper, Paul McShane, he's also Monday's cover star. In our celebrations of 20 years at Madejski Stadium, his crucial FA Cup goal against West Brom takes centre stage on the latest issue of our matchday programme.

Lawrie Sanchez is profiled in The 250 Club, along with an in-depth look at our opponents, West Bromwich Albion.

There's plenty to read and absorb from our matchday programme, which will be available all around Madejski Stadium on Monday for just £3.

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Monday 22nd April, 3pm (Madejski Stadium)

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