Sonko: 'I don't want to quit'

Last updated : 18 July 2008 By Angus Muller

Sonko fell foul of Steve Coppell's wrath prior to the end of the season when he failed to play in a reserve team game. Now that the dust has settled the Senegal defender is ready to commit to Reading if the manager ison side with him.

Sonko told the Reading Evening Post: "At the end of the season I spoke with the manager because maybe I felt it was time to move on.

"He has said he wants me and I am just wondering if the situation has changed.

"I need to sit down with the manager and see what his plans are and clarify the situation and exactly what he wants.

"I wouldn't ask for a move and I respect my contract but if he decides it is time for me to move on, then I would, but if I am in his plans and he wants me to stay then I will be happy either way.

"I want to know exactly what his plans are for me. If I don't figure then it is best for me to move elsewhere, even if it is another Championship side.

"But if he says come back and fight for your place then I'll be happy to stay. If he says you have to prove yourself and try and get your place back then that is fine, I understand that and will agree to that because that is fair enough.

"I think I am good enough to play and it is up to me to show I deserve to play for Reading, but I just don't want to waste another year.

"Not playing is not the best thing for me. I didn't play much last season and I can't have two years of not playing because I would not be happy.

"I just want to play football because I know I am good enough to play."

Coppell is prepared to forgive and forget, but wants assurances from the player that he is completely committed to the club.

The Reading boss explained: "The assurances I have to have is that first and foremost every player that stays here must want to stay here.

"They have got to be hungry to get back and prove they can regain their previous status.

"It's not up to me to give assurances because they are all under contract.

"It is up to them to give me assurances, be in the right frame of mind to win their place in a competitive environment and get results for the club."