​Jaap Stam has given the strongest hint yet that he could walk away as Reading manager if the club's ownership problems are not addressed in the very near future.

​The Daily Express carried quotes from the Netherlands legend as he lamented the ongoing uncertainty surrounding who owns the Berkshire-based side.

Reading's Thai owners have been locked in talks with a Chinese-led consortium for three months now, and the issues surrounding the sale of the Hoops to their apparent new owners have not yielded despite lengthy discussions taking place.

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Asked for an update on the process, Stam said: “I don’t know what’s happening, I haven’t spoken about it for weeks. I don’t know what’s going to happen in the future which I think is very important for myself and for the club.

“If you want to do something, you need to have a plan for what you eventually want to achieve. You need to know what you’re going to do with the team, the staff and the structure of the club.

“If it’s not clear where we are going towards the end of the season then people need to make up their minds for what they want to do.”

The proposed takeover was due to be ratified by the Premier League in January, with businessman Dai Yongge looking likely to become the clubs' new owner.

However, fears grew about Yongge's failed bit to buy Hull City in the summer of 2016 after he failed a fit and proper person's test, and Reading's own takeover now appears to be on the rocks despite the club's lofty Championship position.

Stam is contracted to Reading until June 2018, but the 44-year-old admitted that his future at the club could be uncertain if the club's hierarchy did not get its house in order and decide whether to sell up or not.

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He added: “My contract is not on my mind at the minute.

“I’m not thinking about contracts yet, but I’m thinking about the future – it’s very important for myself. My ambition is clear; making steps within a couple of seasons to go up to the Premier League. There needs to be a plan in getting there.

“But is there a plan if we don’t go up, can we make changes over players or certain things and what happens then? I need to think about it and if that’s what I want.”

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