Jaap Stam comments on future of Celtic and Aston Villa target Aaron Tshibola

Reading's Aaron Tshibola

Reading's Tshibola has been linked with moves to Celtic, Aston Villa and Norwich City.

Reading's Aaron TshibolaReading's Aaron Tshibola

New Reading boss Jaap Stam says he has informed the club he does not wish to sell Celtic and Aston Villa target Aaron Tshibola, reports Get Reading.

Tshibola, a former England Under-18 international, made his Royals debut in August 2014 and went on to make 16 appearances last season before an ankle injury ended his campaign prematurely.

Despite this, the 21-year-old has drawn interest from Celtic, Aston Villa and Norwich City according to HITC sources, with the Mirror reporting a £2 million bid from the latter last week.

But Stam, who took over at Reading earlier this month, is looking to keep Tshibola in Berkshire.

"All I can say is his future is here. I don’t want him to leave - that’s what I told the club as well," said the former Manchester United defender, as quoted by Get Reading.

Jaap StamJaap Stam is the new boss at Reading

However, he went on to admit the midfielder's interests - as well as those of his representatives - could yet dictate his future.

"Of course it’s up to Aaron as well but you know how it works in football," added Stam.

"There are a lot of agents involved and everybody is looking at their own interests.

"A lot of rumours come from there but all I can say is he’s not going to be going away, he’s going to be staying at the club."

Tshibola, who stands at an imposing 6 ft 3 ins tall, has been with the Royals since the age of 18 and once had a trial at Manchester United.

Everton's Leon Osman and Reading's Aaron Tshibola jump for a headerTshibola challenges former Everton midfielder Leon Osman for a header

Meanwhile, former Heerenveen midfielder Joey van den Berg trained with his Reading teammates for the first time on Wednesday.

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