Thursday, 18 January 2018

Former Real Madrid winger Drenthe joins Royals

READING manager Nigel Adkins completed his third summer signing on Tuesday after USA international Danny Williams joined the club from

READING manager Nigel Adkins completed his third summer signing on Tuesday after USA international Danny Williams joined the club from German side Hoffenheim.

Williams, 24, has signed a long-term contract at Madejski Stadium until the summer of 2017. The fee involved will remain undisclosed and the deal will be finalised on July 1, subject to normal ratification of paperwork and international clearance.

The midfielder, who has won 12 caps for the USA, will be aiming to play in the World Cup in Brazil next summer. USA boss Jurgen Klinsmann describes him as having “tremendous potential”.

After joining the Royals a delighted Williams said: “I am very excited to be here, I am really looking forward to the season and to try to get the club back to the Premier League. I would like to say to the Reading fans I will give 100 per cent every game, I am proud to wear this jersey and will do everything to help this team back to the Premier League.”

Last Friday former Real Madrid player Royston Drenthe joined the Royals from Russian club Alania Vladikavkaz.

The 26-year-old Dutch international, who primarily plays left wing but can also play left back, has joined on an initial two-year contract with the option of a third.

Drenthe, who spent five seasons at the Nou Camp where he made 46 appearances, also had a loan spell with Everton in 2011/12 where he made 21 appearances.

Meanwhile defender Alex Pearce has also pledged his future to the club by signing a new two-year deal. The centre back was out of contract this summer but has chosen to remain at Madejski Stadium and help the club try to regain their top flight status. The 24-year-old former Oratory School pupil came through Reading’s academy ranks and has made almost 200 career appearances already, as well as becoming a full Ireland international. Director of Football Nick Hammond said: “I am absolutely delighted that Alex has signed this contract. It has obviously taken a period of time but he has been 100 per cent professional and totally focused on Reading throughout that period.

“He is a leader and a winner, and that is going to be crucial for us as we go into the new campaign. He has been there and done it before. He has a vast amount of experience for a player who is only 24 years old, and his best years are still ahead of him.

“This is a massively important signing for the club.”

A delighted Pearce added: “Everyone knows Reading is close to my heart I have come through the ranks since I was 12 years old. To be playing for this club is a great feeling and it feels great putting pen to paper.

“It has taken a little while but I always said that I wanted to stay at Reading and I’m so thankful that I can be a Reading player. I’ve said that I wanted to feel valued, and that’s the case now.

“It’s great to be part of something that we can build on this year. I can’t wait to get my teeth stuck into this promotion campaign, we’ve done it once before and we’ll be looking to do it once again.”

Chairman Sir John Madejski was also pleased with the centre back’s signing, adding: “Here at Reading we pride ourselves on growing our own talent, so it makes it even more pleasing that Alex has signed. We have seen his rapid development from a very young age, into the Premier League and with international honours, and long may his progress continue.

“He is an outstanding member of our first team squad and I am delighted he has signed his new contract to remain at the club.”

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