Karacan reveals Turkish dream
Jem Karacan has admitted his desire to play for a Turkish side one day despite insisting he is happy to sign a new deal at Reading.
The 23-year-old, who came through the academy at Reading and has already made 125 appearances, pledged his future to the Royals earlier this week when he signed a new three-year deal.
While delighted to extend his stay at the Madejski Stadium, Karacan says he would love to play in Turkey one day.
The young midfielder has a Turkish father and has already represented the country up to under-21 level.
He told the Daily Star: "I've been here for nine years and this club is close to my heart. I wouldn't want to be anywhere else."
But Karacan added: "A few years ago I was close to going to Besiktas.
"And I think my dad would have a go at me if I didn't play in Turkey one day.
"He wants me to play for Galatasaray. One day in the future, though."
Karacan is hoping to celebrate signing a new contract at the Madejski Stadium by helping the club to their first league win of the season at West Brom on Saturday.
"We are all looking for that first win and I think when we do get it it will be a massive weight off everyone's shoulders," he said.
"We have just got to keep doing what we are doing, we had a good performance against Stoke and were unlucky against Chelsea and obviously we didn't do ourselves justice against Tottenham - but we know that.
"We will be looking forward to the game on Saturday with West Brom and obviously the target is to stay in the Premiership and hopefully the season will start for us on Saturday.
"We all know what we are capable of and we are just looking forward to getting out there and pushing for our first win, West Brom is going to be a difficult game and we all know that, we have just got to go out there and give it everything we have got."
Last weekend's defeat to Spurs was Reading's first league game in three-and-a-half weeks and Karacan feels the gap between the match and their 4-2 loss at Stamford Bridge had a detrimental effect on the squad.
He said: "We had a tough couple of games against Chelsea and Tottenham and the little break in between I don't think helped us too much.
"We didn't come out of the blocks and do ourselves justice on Sunday and we will be willing to push ourselves to make that right on Saturday.
"They are world class players, we're still making that transition up from the Championship and the differences are there for all to see."
West Brom have made a strong start to the season under new boss Steve Clarke but came unstuck at Fulham last weekend where they were beaten 3-0.
Karacan is expecting a difficult match but is relishing recording Reading's first victory on their return to the top flight.
"To go to Fulham is always a tough game but they have had a good start and have some great players," he said
"We know Shane (Long) very well, we know what he is going to bring to the table so we are all set for a hard test.
"Every game in this division is going to be a hard game against quality players week in, week out so we know what they are going to be like and they have been brilliant the last couple of seasons - it is going to be a tough game but we are all looking forward to it."
Former England Under-21 goalkeeper Alex McCarthy looks set to continue in goal for Reading at West Brom after he replaced regular first-choice Adam Federici for the defeat to Spurs.
McDermott has confirmed Federici is suffering from a knee injury and is unsure when the Australia international will be available.
The 51-year-old said: "I don't know how long Adam will be out for, but there's no conspiracy here.
"I made a decision that Alex McCarthy was going to play. It's simple, it's black and white. The grey area is the ongoing issue with his (Federici's) knee.
"But as far as I'm concerned Adam fights for his place. I pick the team and Adam has no problem with that. He's no different to anyone, I spoke to him about it."
After Federici was dropped from the squad to face Tottenham and his girlfriend took to Twitter to vent her frustration at the club but McDermott has refused to stop his players using social media going forward.
He said: "I understand the emotions that go with the situation - A girlfriend writing on Twitter, well unfortunately these things happen.
"As a manager I pick the team. If you put something out there it goes all over the world and it has done, we spoke as a squad (about social media) at the start of the season.
"Everyone knows the boundaries and this isn't a soft club. I have no interest in telling people what they can and can't write, but we all know what is right and wrong.
"I like the players to have freedom of speech - they are all adults."