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Akpan no doubts Reading will retain Premier League status

Reading midfielder Hope Akpan says he is 100% certain the club can stay in the Premier League this season with just 11 games remaining. "We can stay up, 100%," Akpan told BBC Radio Berkshire.

"We still have that belief."

The 21-year-old admits to being excited at returning to old club Everton this weekend but says his main focus will be on helping his side earn maximum points.

"It's going to be an exciting game for me," he said.

"First and foremost I am a Reading player and that is my main focus. I'm happy to be going back to Goodison Park and am super excited. I was there since I was eight and I had a lot of experiences there but you have to live in the moment."

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