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Reading FC announces Turkish partnership

The deal is signed between Reading and Galatasaray Photo: Reading FC

Reading Football Club has announced a mutual working agreement with Turkish giants Galatasaray.

The arrangement will see the clubs work together on a number of aspects including the share of knowledge on and off the pitch, close co-operation between its first teams and Academies, training support and joint scouting, especially in Africa and further afield.

Having welcomed senior officials from Galatasaray to Madejski Stadium and Hogwood Park late last year, Chief Executive Nigel Howe and Director Chris Samuelson were in Turkey this week to meet with President Unal Aysal, CEO Lutfi Aribogan & Sportif Koordinator Bulent Tulun and finalise the partnership

Chief Executive Nigel Howe said: “We are delighted to have signed this agreement and both clubs see this as a great opportunity.

"Working together with a club the size of Galatasaray can bring great positives to us at Reading.

"This is the first time we have entered into such an agreement and to do it with a club the size of Galatasaray is a real coup and we look forward to now bringing it to fruition.”

Director Chris Samuelson added: There are many aspects to this, the exchange of information at youth and first team levels, the possibility of friendly games, the list goes on. We are in the early stages right now but these are exciting times for both clubs.”

Galatasaray are one of the biggest clubs in the world and have further strengthened their standing recently by adding Didier Drogba and Wesley Sneijder to a squad already full of top names and pushing in the last 16 of this season’s UEFA Champions League.

They are top of the Turkish Super Liga by six points, having won the Super Liga 18 times in their history, as well as 14 Turkish Cups.