Reading Football Club are pleased to announce that 23-year-old forward Yakou Méïté has extended his contract as a Royal, keeping him at Madejski Stadium until the summer of 2023.
Méïté, last season’s top scorer at the club, first joined the Royals in July 2016 - signing from PSG just five months after his 20th birthday.
As a Royal, the 6’1” forward scored his first goal in a Reading shirt against Derby County at the Pride Park in January 2017. He returned to the club after a season on loan with French side Sochaux and signed a long-term contract with the club in October 2018, promptly proving his worth with six goals scored in a flurry of five games.
The goals he scored towards the end of last season proved vital in preserving our Championship status.
He claimed the winner against Wigan to send the Madejski into raptures, broke the deadlock in a crucial home win over Preston North End, upset the odds with the opener at champions elect Norwich City before bagging a brace against Brentford and then calmly executing a superb finish at Ashton Gate as his 13th goal of the season picked up a point at Bristol City.
And what a whirlwind week Yakou has just had so far; at Molineux he wore the captain’s armband against Premier League opposition, at the weekend he celebrated the birth of Lamine - his first child - and this afternoon he has committed to another year playing for a club he has come to call his home.
On the international scene, Méïté qualifies for the Ivory Coast through his parents and having been included in the Elephants’ Under-17 World Cup squad in the United Arab Emirates in 2013, Yakou went on to feature in the Toulon Tournament at Under-20 level in 2015.
And in March 2019, the forward made his senior international debut for Côte d'Ivoire when he started in a 1–0 victory over Liberia.