Pogrebnyak Could Active Reading Release Clause

Club confirm Russian striker could still leave.

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Relegated Premier League side Reading have confirmed that Russian striker Pavel Pogrebnyak could leave the club this summer after admitting that he has a relegation release clause installed in his contract, Sky Sports reports.

The 29-year-old hasn’t had the impact that most had hoped for this season after managing just eight goals in 24 appearances as the club sank back down to the Championship at the first time of asking.

The Russian international joined the club last summer from Bundesliga side Stuttgart after impressing at Fulham whilst on loan there at the tail end of last season but Reading chairman Anton Zingarevich has confirmed that he may still leave following news of a relegation release clause being installed in his current deal.

“There’s a clause in his contract which allows him to leave Reading if the club was relegated,” Zingarevich told Russian newspaper Rossiiskaya Gazeta.

“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.”

Pogrebnyak signed a four year deal last summer but the club are hoping to offload a number of their high earners ahead of the campaign in the second tier.

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