The 24-year-old joined the Royals in a £600,000 deal, leaving behind Sporting Lisbon in sunny Portugal to play in the Premier League, following in the footsteps of fellow-Portuguese stars Cristiano Ronaldo and Nani.
Carrico told reporters of his pleasure now he has signed for the club:
“When I knew Reading were interested in me, I looked on the internet about the town and the club.
“I had to see where Reading was and the first thing I noticed was that it’s close to London and Heathrow, which made me feel good.
“Now, I’m beginning to know the area and I like the atmosphere.
“One month ago, my agent told me of Reading’s interest and I wanted to move as soon as possible because I wanted to play in the Premier League.”
Carrico will be the first Portuguese player to wear a Reading shirt, and has vowed to show why the Reading bosses were right to sign him up.
“I can’t promise anything except that I will work hard to help this club stay in the Premier League.
“In Portugal, we have more possession, whereas here the football is more direct.
“I have to adapt and I can do that. I feel fit and good, so I feel I can play.”