AFC Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe has confirmed that Matt Ritchie turned down an improved contract with the Cherries and expressed his desire to leave the club.
Ritchie reportedly snubbed an offer to become ‘one of highest paid players in AFCB’s history’ according to Daily Echo reporter Neil Perrett on Twitter.
Howe has now confirmed that a new contract offer was made, however Ritchie expressed his desire to leave Dean Court.
He was first linked with a potential move to West Ham United, before an offer from recently relegated Newcastle United was made.
The Cherries accepted an undisclosed fee, reportedly in the region of £12million from Newcastle United and the Scotland international subsequently agreed personal terms on a five year contract and completed a medical.
The Daily Telegraph suggested that Ritchie was set to ‘almost double his wages to around £55,000 a week.’
Howe told the Daily Echo…
“…We leave on very good terms but the sequence of events this summer was that we offered Matty a new contract, he turned that down and expressed a desire to leave. We then got a bid from Newcastle.
“It`s always sad when a player who has done so well for the club leaves. Matty wanted to pursue his career elsewhere and he leaves with our best wishes…’
Following his move to step down from the Premier League to the Championship, Ritchie has been criticised for making the move for financial reasons rather than footballing reasons, but Ritchie denied this by telling The Chronicle…
“If you look at the size of the football club it`s certainly not a backward step.
“The potential of this football club, the manager, the dressing room and the squad we have makes me feel sure it will be exciting times…’
Really surprised that he would drop down a level.
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