Jaap Stam has admitted he is considering his future at Reading with so much uncertainty at the Championship club.

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Reading’s owners have been in talks with a Chinese firm over a takeover for the past few months but a deal has so far not been reached. The future of technical director Brian Tevreden is also up in the air with Derby linked with the Dutchman last week.

Speaking about the current situation at the club, Stam said, “I don’t know what’s happening, I haven’t spoken about it for weeks.

“I don’t know what’s going to happen in the future which I think is very important for myself and for the club. If you want to do something, you need to have a plan for what you eventually want to achieve.

“You need to know what you’re going to do with the team, the staff and the structure of the club. If it’s not clear where we are going towards the end of the season then people need to make up their minds for what they want to do.”

Stam’s contract will expire in the summer,  “My contract is not on my mind at the minute. I’m not thinking about contracts yet, but I’m thinking about the future – it’s very important for myself.

“My ambition is clear – making steps within a couple of seasons to go up to the Premier League. There needs to be a plan in getting there but is there a plan if we don’t go up, can we make changes over players or certain things and what happens then?

“I need to think about it and if that’s what I want.”

Stam took charge of Reading last summer and they currently sit 5th in the Championship table.


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