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The 34-year-old is in the final year of his contract with the Royals, but has maintained that he has only the immediate challenge of the Premier League on his mind

Jason Roberts insists he is relaxed over his long-term future and is instead focusing on the new Premier League season with Reading.

The striker joined the Barkshire-based side in January on an 18-month contract and helped the club secure promotion to the top flight as Championship winners.

And now, with less than a year remaining on his contract, speculation is building surrounding his long-term future, but Roberts remains focused solely on the start of the new campaign.

He told The Reading Post: "It's a relaxed conversation and I can't see it being an issue.

"It will get sorted in time and it won't be a problem. Since I came to this club I think I have shown what I am about and will continue to do that.

"All I can do now is focus on the football and focus on the opportunity we have given ourselves by performing so well last year."

Reading have endured a difficult pre-season as they prepare for their Premier League opener against Stoke City.

Nonetheless, the 34-year-old striker has assured fans that preparations are going well as the playing staff build towards their first season in the top flight since 2008.

He added: "There's definitely been a change of atmosphere since we got back from Portugal."

"You get back to your environment and start to focus on what is coming up. Pre-season suits some teams and doesn't suit others.

"I don't think it suits us as a squad as we're a 100-per-cent team and don't work as well when you take that 10 per cent off.

"Other teams can manage that better. The way we play and the characters we have, it doesn't suit us when we're not performing at 100-per-cent intensity.

"But you have to do that in pre-season and get your pattern of play right. There has been a step up in training now and we can feel the season is upon us."

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