AFC Bournemouth midfielder Harry Arter believes he will remain good friends with both Tommy Elphick and Matt Ritchie following their departures to Championship sides Aston Villa and Newcastle United.
The duo both opted to drop down to the second tier of English football following discussions regarding new contracts at Dean Court.
Elphick was entering the final 12 months of his current contract and whilst the Cherries had offered Elphick a new contract, a deal between player and club could not be agreed.
Following these discussions the Cherries opted to accept an undisclosed offer from Aston Villa, believed to be in the region of £3.25million early this month.
Meanwhile, Ritchie rejected an improved contract offer reportedly set to make him one of the highest paid players in the clubs history.
The 26 year old went on to sign a five year contract with Newcastle United reported to be around £55,000 a week with the Cherries receiving a fee of around £12million.
Arter told the Daily Echo…
‘…Tommy and Matty are great characters who I will stay in contact with for the rest of my life outside of football.
‘They have become really good friends of mine but when you are in the professional game, losing players is part and parcel of football.
‘We understand and respect their reasons for leaving. People have to respect the fact we are all human as well as being footballers and we have our reasons for things that fans might not understand sometimes…
Ritchie was on Solent this morning saying he couldn’t turn down the chance to learn from Rafael Benítez.
boscombe botn said…
Ha ha! Which translated into footballer speak means that Newcastle were prepared to offer him more cash/higher wages than we were!
IMO this at least this shows that he was either awake during his media awareness training or perhaps he just repeated what his money grabbing agent told him to say?!
Either that or this move takes him closer to his beloved Scotland?! – Join the conversation here.
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