Karacan wants to stay at Reading

The Turkish midfielder, who has returned from a broken leg sustained towards the back end of last season, has dismissed rumours of a breakdown in contract negotiations
Reading midfielder Jem Karacan has insisted that he wants to stay at the Madejski Stadium, denying reports suggesting that negotiations over a new contract with the Royals had broken down.

Reports had claimed that the former Turkey Under-21 international was upset at the club's offer of a deal which would pay him less than new signings Danny Guthrie and Pavel Pogrebnyak.

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Premier League clubs such as Aston Villa, Newcastle and West Ham have been linked with Karacan, who played a key part in Reading's Championship title win last season.

The player has publically reiterated his commitment to the Berkshire club, however, who could risk losing him for free at the end of the season if his contract is allowed to run down.

"There's nothing to believe in the rumours, I don't know where it's come from," Karacan told reporters.

"I've been here at Reading for eight seasons and looking to be here a long time further."

Karacan went on to hint that an agreement could be reached before the start of the new season, with Reading set to take on Stoke City on the opening day.

"Hopefully it will be sorted in the next week," he added. "I want to be a Reading player for a long time yet."