Pogrebnyak turned move down

Reading striker Pavel Pogrebnyak says he rejected a move to Russian side Tom Tomsk in the hope of helping his side to a Premier League return.

Last Updated: 05/09/13 at 13:53 Post Comment

Pavel Pogrebnyak: The Reading striker says he rejected a move to Russia this sum

Pavel Pogrebnyak: The Reading striker says he rejected a move to Russia this sum

The 29-year old joined from Fulham in summer 2012 but was unable to prevent the Royals from suffering relegation in his 29 league appearances last term.

Pogrebnyak has previously spoken of his desire to remain in the top-flight, but he says he is happy to stay and fight for the Reading cause despite receiving a number of offers this summer.

"I've decided to stay at the club, although I had offers, including Russian clubs. Not just from those teams which are always in the spotlight but also from Tom Tomsk. But I answered 'no'," he told ITAR-TASS agency.

"It's not about money but about my desire to play in England. I'd like to be back in the Premier League and I like the British culture very much."

Pogrebnyak's brothers Kirill and Nikolay are both playing at Tom Tomsk and the Russia international refused to rule out the possibility of playing together one day.

"Who knows, maybe some time we'll play in one team," he said.

The striker missed out on Reading's 1-0 victory over Yeovil, fuelling speculation that he was set for an exit, but he says he is fully committed to the campaign ahead.

"I had a pain in the groin. I told our manager that changing my club is in my mind. I said I wanted to play in the Premier League," said Pogrebnyak.

"But I promised that if I stay then I'd do everything to help Reading to reach the promotion. We've lost a couple of points at the start but we can still reach anything."

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

T

he thing is, footballers are role models, and children are influenced by them. I watched the Chelsea game with my 6 year old, and at school the next day she stamped on Emre Can.

megabrow (cufc)
Diego Costa: The Patron Saint Of S**thousery

Y

et again Barcelona try to convince the world that they only play the most virtuous of football. I've never seen a team so willing and able to dish out lumps but feel so self-righteous that no opposition player should ever have the audacity to tackle them.

charsmatcengma
Enrique hauls Neymar to safety

I

d love to see a United v Liverpool FA cup final. It would certainly fit the narrative. Obv I'd want the ending to be one of an O.G. and tears as he collects his runner-up medal.

GVMUFC
Gerrard Constantly Searching For That Final Hurrah

Footer 365

Premier League: Nigel Pearson insists his players must forget about their win against Manchester United

Nigel Pearson has been trying to make Leicester forget about their Manchester United win ever since they beat them 5-3.

Transfer news: Andre Schurrle nears Chelsea exit after agreeing personal terms with Wolfsburg

Chelsea forward Andre Schurrle is closing on a move back to Germany after agreeing to personal terms with Wolfsburg.

Premier League: Roberto Mancini could make a return to English football

Roberto Mancini has not ruled out a return to Manchester City in the future.

Mail Box

It's A Massive, Big, Brilliant Mailbox

And we left lots of Suarez/Costa mails unopened. What we do have is a video of some rotten Suarez tackles and views on the future of football, Spurs, Liverpool and...

But Biting Doesn't Hurt Like Stamping...

There are Liverpool fans arguing that Luis Suarez is nowhere near Diego Costa's sh*t-house league but we have plenty of love for the agitator too. Oh and Spurs...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company