Gianluca Nani says he feels so proud to be joining Reading in his new role as Sporting Director.
He's joined the Royals to fill the role left vacant by Technical Director Brian Tevreden, who's moving to Belgian club KSV Roeselare.
He's worked in the same role for both West Ham United and Watford previously.
"I'm really proud to join and now be part of an historic club as glorious as Reading.
"I will put in all my effort and my knowledge to ensure that the club and its fans enjoy the success they deserve. With hard work, I am truly confident we will have a bright future together."
Gianluca's new role with see him work alongside Royals boss Paul Clement, his coaching staff, the players and at the heart of our much-lauded Academy system.
Reading Football Club CEO Ron Gourlay said:
“We are delighted to welcome Gianluca to Reading Football Club.
“He is a Sporting Director who has experience of working at the very highest level and a proven pedigree in nurturing young footballing talent and creating recruitment and development structures which successfully work hand in hand.
“I am looking forward to Gianluca joining us here at Reading.”
The club and its fans have wished Brian Tevreden well, as he moves onto a new challenge.
(Above: Brian Tevreden - picture credited to Reading Football Club)
Reading's owners Mr Yongge Dai and Ms Xiu Li Dai also own KSV Roeselare - and so he's been sent there to help the club fuel their ambition to challenge for a return to the Belgian top flight for the first time since 2010.
Ms Xiu Li Dai said:
“Brian is a dedicated professional who is very well respected by all who have worked alongside him at Reading.
“I am very pleased that he will be joining KSV Roeselare as CEO.”
Brian Tevreden said:
“It has been an absolute honour to represent Reading Football Club during the last two and a half years and a real privilege to work alongside so many good people within the club – owners, members of the board, managers, coaches, players, supporters and staff.
“Now I am really looking forward to this new challenge with KSV Roeselare.”
Reading Football Club CEO Ron Gourlay added:
“Brian has worked very hard for this football club and I have enjoyed working with him.
“He has certainly earned this new opportunity. Personally, I would like to wish him every success in his new role with Roeselare and all the very best for the future.”