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The Tilehurst End Interview: Mikkel Andersen

A Reading player for eight years, goalkeeper Mikkel Andersen's Berkshire stay came to an end this month when his contract ended and he signed for Danish champions FC Midtjylland. After his departure was confirmed The Tilehurst End got in touch to quiz the 26-year-old on his Reading career, his playing opportunities, and future back in Denmark.

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TTE: You've just left Reading for FC Midtjylland, who have just won their first Danish Football Championship, what does the move mean for you and your career?

MA: It's a very exciting opportunity for me to be involved in and I can't wait to get the season going!

You joined Reading back in 2007 when Steve Coppell was manager, what do you remember about those early days, and how do you rate the different managers you've played under at Reading?

I came during a very special time during the club's history and I look back on it with very good memories! I've always had good relationships with the managers and still speak to most of them today.

Also influential in your time in England was Sal Bibbo, who left the club recently, what's your view on Sal and his departure?

Obviously a lot of things are changing at the club at the moment, but Sal has been a massive part of my career and my development - he is a very good coach!! We've spent many many hours together and got to know each other well. So, of course, it's a part of what I'll miss [about Reading]. But we still stay in close contact and speak on the phone on a regular basis.

At Reading you spent a lot of time out on loan, did that have a positive impact or was there frustration in being moved around a lot?

I think it's given me loads of experience and has helped me becoming the person I am today! I've had some very good loan spells and appreciate the time I've had at each club.

After spending most of 2014/15 on the bench, do you think you were given a fair chance to prove yourself at Reading?

I'm really happy to have played for Reading; in the League, FA Cup and League Cup.

What's your memory of the incredible FA Cup run last season, especially in the dressing room after seeing fellow goalkeeper Adam Federici's unfortunate error at Wembley?

[It was] great to be a part of, and I'm glad to have played a little part in the early stages with the clean sheet vs Huddersfield. Fedders is going be remembered for keeping us in the game, and for a fantastic season!

Finally, what home comforts are you looking forward to enjoying now you'll be based back in your home country?

I'm still three hours drive from my hometown, but still, it gives our families a better chance to see each other more often and to be a bigger part of our baby girl's life when she's born in October. So that's a big bonus on top of being involved in the Champions League of course after FC Midtjylland won the league last season.

Many thanks to Mikkel for taking the time to answer our questions, we wish him all the best back in Denmark and beyond - and with the incoming arrival in October!