A number of Reading fans have been reacting to the latest confirmation from the Royals that defender Omar Richards has left the club to join German champions Bayern Munich.
Richard’s potential departure to Bayern Munich has been on the cards for a while now with it having been widely reported as a strong possibility for the summer transfer window. The 23-year-old was heading into the final stages of his existing deal with Reading. It was always going to be unlikely that he would be remaining in the Championship with them next term.
The defender has been in excellent form for Reading throughout the season, and he managed to make 41 appearances for them in the English second tier to help them to a 7th place finish. Richards has been offered a new potential deal by the Royals as they tried to keep hold of him this summer, but he will now be heading for pastures new.
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Reading have confirmed on their official club website that Richards will be making the switch to Bayern Munich this summer when his existing deal with the club comes to an end. It sees the 23-year-old follow a similar pathway to a few English players in recent times and also sees a similar move to the one that Gylfi Sigurðsson when he left for Hoffenheim.
We can confirm that left-back Omar Richards is set to sign for Bundesliga champions @FCBayern when his contract with the Royals comes to an end this summer 🇩🇪
Everyone at Reading Football Club would like to wish @OTRichards_ the very best of luck in this next step in his career.
— Reading FC (@ReadingFC) May 27, 2021
Many Reading fans were emotional over the prospect of losing the defender but they could not deny him the chance to make a dream move to a club like Bayern Munich.
Here, we take a look at some of the best reactions on social media…
Proud to see a #ReadingFC academy graduate signing for one of the biggest teams in the world.
Shame to see him go in a free transfer, so let's see if we find a bargain to play LB next season. https://t.co/UJl9Ge99mD
— Matt (@lines_aviation) May 27, 2021
— Emma Hopkins (@EHopkins93) May 27, 2021
— Freddie Errington (@fred_errington) May 27, 2021
One of the best Left-backs we’ve had for a while! Wish him the very best! 🔵⚪️ https://t.co/A6NBV1czup
— Taylor⚽️💙🤍 (@TaylorStannett) May 27, 2021
Really didn’t want this day to happen 😩 https://t.co/YEFfCBIcJb
— sam (@samwhite_RFC) May 27, 2021
Great move for the lad. Form waned in the last few months, but easily one of the side's best players. Hope he goes on to develop into a real star. https://t.co/3dYdRilxZ1
— Anthony Kendrick (@AJKendrick) May 27, 2021
Well, that was in the works for months. Good luck Omar, do the academy proud https://t.co/nuq48RWSG4
— Lukey (@LukeB_RFC) May 27, 2021
— RoyalRobin (@RoyalRobin18) May 27, 2021