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Aston Villa midfielder Aaron Tshibola expects frosty reception on return to Reading

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The summer signing believes some Reading fans won't be welcoming him back with open arms.

Aston Villa's Aaron Tshibola celebrates scoringAston Villa's Aaron Tshibola celebrates scoring

Aston Villa travel to take on Reading in the Championship this evening in the Championship – and for one Villa player it will be a welcome return to a former stomping ground.

Villa moves to strengthen their side this summer ahead of a campaign in the Championship.

Aston Villa's Aaron Tshibola and Jack Grealish before the gameAston Villa's Aaron Tshibola and Jack Grealish before the game

They did so with plenty of new signings – including that of midfield maestro Aaron Tshibola. Aston Villa paid around £5 million for the player, as reported by getreading in the summer.

He joined his former Royals boss Steve Clarke at Villa Park, who has since left his role as assistant manager at the Championship strugglers.

Tshibola’s decision to leave has so far not been vindicated – with Reading looking good under new manager Jaap Stam.

The midfielder returns to the Madejski Stadium this evening and he is clearly looking forward to it. However, he is clearly nervous that he won't receive the best of receptions. He told getreading:

“Obviously I’m aware that some of the fans weren’t too pleased about me leaving.

Madejski Stadium - general viewMadejski Stadium - general view

“I would like to receive a nice reception from the fans - but I’m also expecting a minority to not give me such a nice reception. But that’s football for you…

“I love Reading. It’s the club that nurtured me from a young age.

“I love the club - I always will and I appreciate what the club done for me from a young age. I respect everyone at the place. The fans, the staff, the players.”

But he did make it clear that, should he find the net in Berkshire, he won't be celebrating:

“Due to certain circumstances things didn’t work out but I just hope the fans don’t hold any grudges and just respect that it’s football.

Everton's Leon Osman and Reading's Aaron Tshibola jump for a headerEverton's Leon Osman and Reading's Aaron Tshibola jump for a header

“I’m still very thankful for everything that Reading done for me.

“No, (if I score) there won’t be any celebrations.”

Aston Villa boss Steve Bruce started Tshibola in his first game as Villa boss and will undoubtedly consider throwing him into the action against his former team.

Hopefully home comforts can be a boost to Tshibola and his return to the club where he spent eight years will not be a sour one.

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