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Matt Mills Tries To Clear The Air

Former Royals captain and current subject of Reading fan abuse Matt Mills has spoken to The Bolton News, trying to put the record straight.

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Matt Mills, the former Reading captain who infamously gave his own fans the one fingered salute, has spoken to his local paper The Bolton News in an attempt to put the record straight with Madejski Stadium attendees.

He said:

"When you move to another club you don't often get a chance to tell your side of the story, I haven't wanted to say much but maybe this is a good time.

"I never, ever wanted to leave Reading. But the club have to recoup £7 million every summer and it just so happened that the summer before they sold Gylfi Sigurdsson and this time it was getting to the end of the transfer window and an offer came in which they accepted.

"It's just a shame that people didn't know what was going on in my life at the time - I didn't want to go at all.

It's been three and a half years since Mills left Hogwood, with his performances in recent games praised by new manager Neil Lennon, who said his form is the best he's shown since heading to Leicester City for £5 million, where his performances took a drastic downturn.

However, it doesn't sound like the jeers are affecting him:

"All the booing is just a bit of hoo-hah, I quite enjoy it. You have got to embrace it."

On the other hand, then GetReading Reading FC reporter Jonny Fordham claims that Mills did in fact ask to leave the club after the play-off final defeat to Brendan Rodgers' Swansea City.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-partner="tweetdeck"><p>Matt Mills is suffering from memory loss. A few days after <a href="">#readingfc</a> lost the play-off final he called a meeting and asked to leave</p>&mdash; Jonny Fordham (@JonnyFordham) <a href="">December 9, 2014</a></blockquote>

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You can read the full article by The Bolton News here.

Are you likely to continue booing him until the cows come home? Or will you move on? Let us know in the comments below.