OFFICIAL: Reading Sign Blackett

Tyler Blackett, who signed his first professional deal under Sir Alex Ferguson, ends his 14-year association with Manchester United.

The English defender joins Jaap Stam, a treble-winner with Manchester United, at Reading.

Stam told Reading’s official website: “As we know, Tyler is a talented defender who has played for United’s first team. He can play as a left-back or a left-sided centre-back. He has got great potential in the sense that he is quick and athletic, defensively he is strong and he is good at set pieces.

“As a defender he can go and play high up the pitch as well and that is what we need in the squad.”

The 22-year-old has agreed to a three-year contract.

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