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George Pușcaș speaks in The Royal this weekend

Striker sits down for extended chat in matchday programme

31 August 2019

Make sure you buy your essential match companion this weekend, with plenty to read in your copy of The Royal as Reading get ready to take on Charlton Athletic.

Striker, George Pușcaș got off the mark at the Madejski in fine style last time out against Cardiff, and he sat down for The Long Read, detailing what life was like growing up for him in Romania, his parents' sacrifices to help him in his career, and exactly why he celebrates as he does.

Take a sneak peek below:

This was my first ambition – to come here to England. I always watched the Premier League games when I was little, and for me, football starts here. With the football and the way it is played, I think it is the most beautiful in the world. I wanted to come here so much.

It’s the home of football. I had so many other teams in other countries want me, but I wanted to come here because they wanted me a lot at Reading. I had the passion to come and play in England, so I did not have much time to think, England was my ambition, and I wanted to come here straight away.

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The fans here are amazing. If you win and you’re doing well, there’s a satisfaction for them and for us. We’re getting points and that’s important for this team – to win, to get points and we have great fans along with us.

I already have a lot of friendships here; everyone is so friendly. After I came here, after two or three days they wanted to speak with me, be good with me and I was a little bit surprised – I thought it would maybe be more difficult.

Ovie Ejaria is Saturday's cover star for your programme, and there's also a look ahead to the new Women's Super League season - with Reading FC Women getting their campaign underway during the international break.

New skipper, Tash Harding previews what should be a competitive season ahead for Kelly Chambers' side, and a full fixture list for our Women's team appears in Saturday's programme.

Popular fanzine, The Tilehurst End and supporters from Club 1871 also offer their views on a successful run for the Royals in August, alongside an in-depth look at Saturday's opponents, Charlton Athletic.

Our programme sellers are based all around Madejski Stadium, and you can buy your copy for just £3 - don't miss out.

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