Lee Ryder has dropped a transfer update on the future of Newcastle United ace Matt Ritchie.
The 31-year-old has been linked with a move back to his old club AFC Bournemouth before this month’s window shuts, but Ryder has played down this rumour as The Chronicle journalist tweeted an update on the situation:
“AFC Bournemouth sources say they have not come to an agreement on Matt Ritchie at this stage.”
Ritchie update should come as a relief to Newcastle fans
Even though there are still a few days left until the window officially closes, the fact that no agreement has been made on Ritchie as of yet should come as a welcome relief to many members of the St. James’ Park faithful.
Should Newcastle sell Ritchie?
The Scotland international has played in no fewer than 159 matches in total over all competitions for the Tyneside club across the last five consecutive seasons, scoring 24 goals and supplying a further 28 assists (Transfermarkt).
The fact that he gives the Magpies so much added experience and character both on and off the pitch is a valuable asset to Steve Bruce’s team, especially given their worries over falling down into the relegation zone if results do not pick up in the Premier League.
Cherries manager Jason Tindall even called him a ‘fantastic’ player when asked about his side’s interest in the winger recently, suggesting that Ritchie still has a lot of qualities that he can offer the Toon if he stays.
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