Royals sign Monaco midfielder Pele on season-long loan

READING have signed midfielder Pele on a season-long loan from French side AS Monaco.

The 27-year-old midfielder will wear the number 29 shirt during his stay at the Madejski Stadium.

“Pelé is a strong, powerful, talented midfielder who has impressed at a number of different clubs, especially in Portugal, so I am very pleased he has joined us here at Reading,” said Reading manager Jose Gomes.

This summer, he represented his country in all three African Cup of Nations group games; it was only the second time Guinea-Bissau have ever qualified for the tournament and they only missed out on reaching the knockout stages following defeat to Andy Yiadom’s Ghana.

Chief Executive Nigel Howe said, “Pelé is a commanding presence in the centre of midfield and has already tasted Championship football during a loan spell at the City Ground last season. I am sure he will complement our current midfield options and I’m delighted he has chosen to spend 2019-20 as a Royal.”

He becomes the second signing of the day after Reading announced the arrival of Brazilian goalkeeper Rafael earlier in the evening.

Andy Preston

Sports reporter for The Wokingham Paper. Sport Journalism graduate from the University of Brighton.

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