Tiago Ilori unaffected by Sporting Lisbon rumour, says Reading FC boss Jose Gomes

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By / Primeira Liga / Sunday, 13 January 2019 16:45

Jose Gomes insists defender Tiago Ilori's focus is entirely on Reading despite ongoing speculation linking him with a move away from the club.

The centre-back is the subject of ongoing interest from former club Sporting Lisbon, according to reports in Portugal.

Ilori played the full 90 minutes as Royals ran out 2-0 winners over Nottingham Forest in the Championship on Saturday afternoon.

And when asked about the rumours post match, manager Gomes said: "I don't know if it's a rumour or if it's true.

"It's completely normal that one club wants a good player in the January market.

"What I saw today [Saturday] and felt during the week is that Tiago Ilori is completely focussed on the team. The other things, I don't know.
"Maybe it's a normal situation that big clubs ask for important players.

"If we have good players, when the market is open we can understand that some clubs want good players.

"For sure a lot of other players we have working with us can have proposals from other clubs, we don't know. I consider it normal."

Ilori, 25, started out his career with Sporting before moving to Liverpool in 2013. He joined Royals in January 2017 from the Merseyside club and has a year and half remaining on his contract.

The defender is not the only player to have been linked with a transfer away from Reading this month, with Tyler Blackett also wanted by Wigan Athletic.
Pelle Clement, Dave Edwards and Josh Sims have already left the club while Gomes has said he is expecting others to leave as well.

Manchester United goalkeeper Joel Pereira continues to be linked with a move and this was put to Gomes post match on Saturday.

He replied: "I have already given my ideas to my board of directors. They have been working very hard to find the solutions that I've asked for.

"In the right moment, when we get the solutions, we will bring a player in and players will go out.
"Until then we need to just put the focus on our work, what we can do with these players and try to prepare for the next match against Derby."

Source:https://www.football.london

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