Reading co-owner says Michael Hector's Chelsea move can inspire
Reading's co-owner believes the sale of defender Michael Hector to Chelsea can act as an example to the club's academy players of what they can achieve.
Hector, 23, agreed a £4m deadline day move to the Premier League champions, but will stay with the Royals on loan for the remainder of the season.
Lady Sasima Srivikorn said the Jamaica international deserved the opportunity.
"We want to encourage him to a great future and I think he deserves one," she told BBC Radio Berkshire.
Jamaica international centre-back Hector agreed a new three-year contract in June following a season of impressive performances as he helped Reading reach the FA Cup semi-finals.
|Ady Williams - former Reading captain and BBC Radio Berkshire presenter|
|"I think the transfer window has been excellent for Reading. For two or three seasons, the club have been crying out for a real quality striker.|
|"Matej Vydra is a first-class signing, albeit a loan signing, but one that has cost a reported £2.5m in initial payments.|
|"But a lot of fans will be asking why the club have sold Michael Hector. One of the club's best players, someone who has grown up in Reading and come through the academy.|
|"He could've been captain and in another two or three seasons could've been worth double the money he has gone for."|
"To go to a club like Chelsea is something I think all players deserve," Lady Sasima added, one of the club's three co-owners from a Thai consortium.
"We want to use him as an example to the younger players at this club. It will give motivation to our academy to strive to move up to a club of that calibre.
"I see a great future in our academy and Michael would be an example to them of what they can achieve."
Reading completed a busy transfer window by agreeing season-long loan deals for Watford striker Matej Vydra and Benfica forward Ola John.
Their arrivals took the number of players brought in by manager Steve Clarke during the summer window to 11.