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Karacan hails ´unbelievable´ McCarthy

6 May 2013 13:48

Reading midfielder Jem Karacan has claimed that goalkeeper Alex McCarthy is worth as much as 15 million pounds.

The 23-year-old has featured regularly since first-choice shot-stopper Adam Federici was sidelined by an ankle injury, and is unlikely to surrender his shirt following a series of standout performances.

When asked how much McCarthy is worth after Saturday's 4-2 win over Fulham, Karacan replied: "Around 15 to 20 million (pounds)? You see how much young English players go for - there are some crazy sums out there.

"I don't see why he shouldn't be in that bracket. It would definitely take a lot of money to get him away from Reading - that's how our club works."

"He's amazing - unbelievable. It's surprising for myself when you see the likes of Jack Butland getting called-up ahead of him.

"I think he showed again with three unbelievable saves. You can see the top clubs knocking on the door. But he is playing here and proved himself to be an unbelievable goalkeeper in the Premier League.

"It would be a coup if we could keep him, but he loves it here, is playing here and that's all he ever wanted to do. You never know. He will get a lot of games next year, but there will be clubs knocking on the door and definitely a future number one."

Karacan has made no secret of his desire to one day play in Turkey after electing to represent the country of his father's birth internationally.

However, the former Wimbledon trainee insists he is currently only thinking of getting Reading back into the Premier League.

"It happens every year and I keep getting bugged about it," he added. "I'm a Reading player, though.

"I signed a deal last summer and everyone wants to play in the best league in the world and it's gutting to not have that next year. Reading is a Premier League club and we know we should be there and we will try our hardest to get back up.

"Anything can happen in the summer. I'm a Reading player and I will be as happy as ever if I'm still here."

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