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Liam Moore pledges future to Reading

Liam Moore pledges future to Reading
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Reading defender Liam Moore releases a statement confirming that he will stay at the Championship club for the foreseeable future.

Reading defender Liam Moore has confirmed that he will stay at the club for the foreseeable future.

The Championship club are believed to have rejected three bids from Brighton & Hove Albion for the 25-year-old this summer.

As a result, Moore handed a transfer request, but on transfer deadline day, the centre-back released a statement pledging his future to the Royals.

"After a few weeks of uncertainty about my future I can finally speak out and confirm I'm staying at Reading Football Club," Moore wrote.

"In the past I have always made it clear that my ambition was to return to the Premier League. When a substantial fair offer was rejected I privately requested to leave the club and take the opportunity to play at the highest level.

"I would like to stress I believe I have been professional throughout and was interested in taking a forward move. Naturally the same as everybody wants to do in their jobs.

"Having spoken to [Reading owners] Mr and Ms Dai, their passion and love for this club is incredible. Mr Dai told me it's honestly not about the money and he wouldn't let me leave the club for any price.

"They both are very ambitious themselves and want me to be a part of the club's future. I respect their stance on the situation and believe the club is in good shape with these owners that care about the club.

"From my point of view there was no disrespect intended towards the club with the transfer request and I would like to thank the lads and especially the manager for how they have been throughout this process.

"I now look forward to the challenge ahead of earning a spot back in the team and competing this season. I can assure all fans I will continue giving it my all for the club both on and off the pitch and hope we can be successful together."

Reading were defeated in their opening game of the new Championship season on Friday, losing 2-1 at home to Frank Lampard's Derby County.

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Liam Moore in action for Reading on February 10, 2018
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