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Reading owner confirms Pogrebnyak clause

20 May 2013 12:57

Reading owner Anton Zingarevich has confirmed striker Pavel Porgrebnyak has a relegation clause in his contract which could see him leave.

Pogrebnyak joined the Madejski Stadium outfit back in July on a free transfer, but was unable to help his side avoid relegation to the Championship, which was confirmed in April when they could only manage a 0-0 draw with QPR.

The Russian striker turned down a move to Fulham, where he spent half of the previous season after signing for the Craven Cottage club on a short-term deal in January 2012, to accept the offer from Reading. However, Zingarevich has revealed that the 29-year-old is free to leave following their demotion back to the second tier.

He told Russian newspaper Rossiiskaya Gazeta: "There's a clause in his contract which allows him to leave Reading if the club was relegated."

Former Stuttgart striker Pogrebnyak has netted five goals in 29 league appearances for Reading this term, and Zingarevich feels the Russia international can not be blamed too much for the club's failure to retain their Premier League status.

"Regarding his five goals, Pogrebnyak can be blamed the least. Yes, he couldn't score some chances but the team couldn't create a single chance for him during some games.

"Pavel is considered to be a dependent and a strong striker in England."

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