Reading FC Women swoop for Liverpool Ladies Mandy Van Den Berg

Mandy Van Den Berg is unveiled by Reading FC Women.
Mandy Van Den Berg (left) is unveiled by Reading FC Women.

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Reading FC Women’s manager Kelly Chambers has made her first transfer swoop of the FA WSL1 close season with the addition Holland and Liverpool Ladies centre-back Mandy Van De Berg.

26-year-old Van Den Berg an impressive CV of experience having captained Holland at the 2015 Women’s World Cup and played in the Women’s Champions League with her first club ADO Den Haag.

The Dutch international made 13 appearances for Liverpool last season but said the ‘atmosphere of the whole club’ was her primary motivation for joining the Royals.

Reading FC Women vs Sunderland Ladies at Wycombe. Photo: Neil Graham.
Reading FC Women manager Kelly Chambers. Photo: Neil Graham.

Van Den Berg started for Liverpool in the 1-0 win at Reading in September.

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In a released statement, Reading manager Kelly Chambers said: “Firstly it’s great that we are attracting players of Mandy’s calibre to the club. It shows what a good season we have just had, but also that the club is going in the right direction.

“I am really excited to bring Mandy on board here, she joined the WSL last season and has great international experience but is still wanting to learn and develop as a player.

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“Mandy will add to our young squad in many different ways and will fit right in with our style of play, I’m looking forward to working with her”.

According to the press release, Van Den Berg will prepare to captain the Netherlands against Belgium and England later in November, before joining up with Chambers’ side in January.

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