Date: 10th January 2015 at 8:23pm
Written by:

AFC Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe was delighted with the news that winger Matt Ritchie had signed a new contract with the club.

The Cherries winger had been the subject of media attention since the opening of the transfer window.

The Daily Mail had suggested that Championship side Fulham were preparing a £3million bid for Ritchie.

However that speculation was abruptly ended shortly before the Norwich City game with the Cherries announcing the news that Ritchie had signed a new three and a half year deal at Dean Court.

Howe told BBC Radio Solent

“Matt is a really important player for us, He`s a goal scorer and a creator of goals. He took his goal really well (against Norwich) and was lively throughout.

“It`s very good news for the football club that he has committed his future to us.

“I`ve always said that maintaining this squad by keeping it together will be our biggest challenge going forward.

“With Matt staying, it`s another piece of the jigsaw and we can build from there.”

AFCB Vital Travel Coaches

Once again AFCB Vital are sponsoring the Travel Coaches this season.

The sponsorship guarantees that a supporter coach will travel to every league and cup game this season. For prices, departure times and how to book – click here.

It’s easy to join AFCB Vital

With Vital Bournemouth you can win prizes just by having your say on the articles, polls and forums, click the link to register.

Join The Vital Debate

Click for the forum