Reading F.C. midfielder Aaron Kuhl has dismissed speculation linking him with a £2 million move to Manchester City in the upcoming summer transfer window.
Kuhl, 18, has turned in a series of standout performances, including in the first leg of the Under-21 Premier League Cup against City at the Etihad on 10 April, for the Royals’ U-21 side this season.
In fact, the highly-rated midfielder is reportedly attracting interest from a number of English Premier League clubs, with City believed to be leading the race for the 18-year-old maestro.
However, Kuhl has insisted the aforementioned ‘reports’ are merely rumours, while underlining his desire to stay on at Reading.
“It’s all just rumours,” Kuhl told the Reading Post.
“It’s good to have rumours like that, getting your name in the paper and getting people to notice you, but I want to stay here.
“I’ve come through this club, I’m an academy product. I’ve been here for six or seven years now. This place means everything.
“It’s my home basically. I come in every day, live, breathe, eat – I do everything here.
“It’s a great club to be around. Everyone is humble and nice to talk to, so it’s all good.”
Kuhl added: “You get a burst of excitement [when you see the reports] but then you realise you’ve just got to stay down to earth and don’t let anything like that get in your head.
“The boys have all been getting into me a bit, talking about the £2 million price tag, but it’s all a bit of banter.
“Nothing is going to change. I’m happy where I am and if I keep going the way I am then hopefully the manager [Nigel Adkins] will take notice. He’s put young players in the first team before as you’ve seen.”
Reading (18-13-13) — priced at 8/1 to win promotion to England’s top-flight — are currently occupying the final promotion play-offs place but Brighton & Hove Albion, Nottingham Forest, Ipswich Town and Blackburn Rovers are within just three points of the Royals.
That said, if Nigel Adkins’ side were to win promotion, Kuhl — whose current contract at the Madjeski Stadium expires on 30 June 2016 — would likely stay at the club.
The same goes for Derby County midfielder Will Hughes, who has been linked with a host of top English clubs, including Liverpool, over the past few months.
Now then, can the Royals beat out the likes of Derby (24-9-11), Queens Park Rangers (22-10-12) and Wigan Athletic (20-10-13) in the promotion play-offs to return to the Premier League next term?