Royals land Czech midfielder Matejovsky

January 7, 2008

Reading have agreed to sign Czech Republic midfielder Marek Matejovsky from Mlada Boleslav for an undisclosed fee.

Paperwork for the signature of the 26-year-old is expected to be completed tomorrow, with Matejovsky set to pen a three-and-a-half year contract to the summer of 2011.

Matejovsky is a regular in his country's national team, scoring in a 3-0 victory in Germany in October to help them win their European Championship qualifying group.

Royals director of football Nicky Hammond said on the club's official website, www.readingfc.co.uk: 'Marek is primarily a central midfield player but he is also capable of playing in both wide positions or behind the strikers.

'He has been playing for a smaller club in the Czech league but he is an established international who is likely to be included in the very strong Czech Republic squad in the Euro 2008 finals.

'He is a player we have been following for some time, and when the opportunity arose to sign him it was too good to turn down.'

Matejovsky told the Czech club's official website: 'I am really happy, I am going to the best league in the world.

'Now it is important I play well on the pitch.'