Matejovsky keen to stayBy Nick Ive
May 27, 2009
Marek Matejovsky has given Reading a much-needed boost by insisting he would be more than happy to stay and try to secure promotion back to the Premier League.
Royals are almost certain to lose a few of their top stars this summer after their dreams of a swift return to the top flight were ended in the play-offs.
Kevin Doyle is recognised as the prized asset at Madejski Stadium and will almost certainly move on in the next couple of months as he looks to spearhead the Republic of Ireland’s World Cup qualifying campaign.
There are also fears that Czech international Matejovsky, Stephen Hunt, James Harper and Andre Bikey could attract attention from other clubs.
But Matejovsky insists he will not seek a move.
He told the Post: “It was my dream to play at Wembley and then to go up to the Premiership.
“But I like it here and I love this club.
"Obviously I will wait and see what happens, but I want to play in England.
“I want to play in the Premiership, but I want to do it with Reading.
"My family are very happy here. I would be happy to stay. That is the way I feel now.”
Matejovsky has had a mixed season. He performed impressively for his country in the European Championships last summer, but his contribution was cut short after he damaged ankle ligaments.
He recovered in time to start Reading’s Championship opener at Nottingham Forest only to suffer a recurrence of the injury and was then sidelined for six weeks.
Since then his contribution has been sporadic.
Despite his undoubted talent, the midfield playmaker has struggled to force his way into the team on a regular basis, making 14 starts in all competitions, plus a further 11 substitute appearances, and scoring one goal.
He admitted: “I am disappointed I didn’t play every game, but I did have an injury and it was difficult to get in.
“I thought we were good enough to go up, so now I feel I want to stay here and help the club get there next season. I think we can do it.”