Reading midfielder Pele has said it’s a ‘possibility’ that he’ll stay at the club when his loan deal expires in the summer.
Pele, 28, joined Reading on a season-long loan last summer from AS Monaco. He’d spent the second-half of last season on-loan at Nottingham Forest and impressed ex-Reading boss Jose Gomes.
Gomes brought him to the Madejski along with a host of foreign imports, and overall, Pele has been impressive.
His spell in Berkshire has been slow at times but, especially as we near the end of the season, he’s become a really important player under Mark Bowen, and a lot of fans would likely want to see him stay as well.
The Guinea-Bissau international has featured 28 times in the Championship this season and scored his first goal for the club in the 3-1 win at Birmingham City last weekend.
Speaking to The Reading Chronicle about his future, Pele wasn’t coy in saying he’d like to make his move permanent:
“We will have to see what we do at the end of the season but yes, it’s a possibility [to stay at Reading] because I love the club, the club is very nice and the city is very quiet. My family love the city.”
Reading have now won their last two Championship games. After a solid showing over Christmas and New Year, results quickly dropped, and relegation soon became a possibility.
But the win at Birmingham followed a steady home win and clean sheet against Barnsley, and now the Royals sit nine points above the drop zone:
“We are very happy to go up in the table and we will keep doing what we can to go up the table,” explained Pele. “In the first half it was very difficult [against Birmingham], because we played a lot of minutes against Sheffield United. It was a long day.
“At half time we talked in the dressing room and said that we needed to do our best and keep going. We deserved the win because we were much better in the second half.”
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Pele has quickly become a favourite of Reading fans, but his future at the club will depend largely on his wages. Coming from a European giant like Monaco, he’s bound to be on more than what Reading can afford.
At 28-years-old as well, Bowen can realistically expect 4/5 more of his best years. It’s a difficult call to make for Reading, but it’ll be exciting to see what pans out.