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Méïté on contract extension and his whirlwind week

Striker on penning a new deal

3 October 2019

Royals forward Yakou Méïté has had quite a few days. Captaining the team at Wolverhampton Wanderers in the Carabao Cup, the birth of his child, and then signing a new Reading contract until the summer of 2023.

The Ivorian penned his new deal a few hours before our fixture against Fulham – his stunning goal in the closing stages was a bright moment in an otherwise disappointing evening for the Royals.

With his future at Madejski Stadium secured, now it’s all about pushing on and helping to turn Reading’s fortunes around in the coming weeks and months.

“I am very happy, I want to say thank you to the staff at the club who trust and believe in me, so I am happy to sign an extension,” said Méïté.

“I was very surprised to be the captain for the first time at Wolves. We lost in the end on penalties, but it was a great game and it was a good feeling for me.

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“Last year was a very good season for me, I helped the team and that team stayed in the Championship. We hope we can do much better than last year, and I can score more goals than last year.

“I feel at home here. I am so happy to be signing an extension as I think I can help the team to reach what we want to do for the season. I hope we can do it and do it together with me.

“Everyone knows it’s not a very good start, but we have a lot of games to go. The Championship is really tough, and we must stay focused for every game.”


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