The defender moved on Deadline Day
Reading boss Steve Clarke has admitted he is ‘delighted’ for centre-back Michael Hector, who moved to Chelsea, his boyhood club, yesterday.
The Jamaican international moved to Stamford Bridge after the two clubs agreed a fee of £4 million, but he will return to the Madejski Stadium on loan for the rest of the season.
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho had been looking to strengthen his defence throughout the summer transfer window, but missed out on his major target John Stones after Everton rejected three bids.
Mourinho also had two bids rejected for Paris-Saint Germain centre-half Marquinhos on Deadline Day, paving the way for the 23-year old Hector to come to the current Premier League champions.
Clarke, who is a former Chelsea player and coach, believes Hector’s move will only aid his development as a footballer.
‘I’m delighted for him’
“This is a great reward for Michael’s strong performances in the second half of last season,” insisted Clarke.
“I’m delighted for him that he has joined Chelsea and I’m sure that he will seize his opportunity with both hands.”
The Scotsman added: “Also it’s a good deal for us here at Reading as we get to keep Michael in our squad this season and I look forward to helping him further his development.”