In recent weeks, AFC Bournemouth chairman Jeff Mostyn has come out in the media and insisted that the Cherries do not want to lose any of their prized assets during the summer transfer window.
England international Callum Wilson, Netherlands international Nathan Ake, Wales international David Brooks and Scotland international Ryan Fraser have all been linked with high profile transfer moves during previous or the upcoming transfer window.
Ake has always played down speculation regarding his long term future, whilst David Brooks signed a brand new contract with the Cherries following rumours regarding interested clubs in him.
The situation with Ryan Fraser appears more complicated, with the winger out of contract at Dean Court at the end of the 2019/20 season. With AFC Bournemouth not wanting to see him leave on a potential free transfer, he could be set to leave come the end of the season.
Striker Callum Wilson, however, appears much more open about his future, he just wants to play and has ruled out joining a club where he would be a bit part player.
Speaking at the Football for Peace initiative dinner, Wilson was quoted by the Daily Star saying…
“I signed a long-term contract, I’m happy down there – I’m playing football, As a professional who’s had the injuries that I’ve had, I just want to play.
“I’m happiest when I’m on the pitch. I never want to go and sort of be somewhere that I’m not going to play.
“I never want to see myself not playing at Bournemouth even, being on the bench and things like that.
“Any player has aspirations to play for their country, like I’ve managed to do thankfully, and play in the Champions League – different big occasions and big stages.
“I’ve been linked [with big clubs] from a young age when I’m doing well – so I tend not to buy into it really.
Red Sky wrote…
We’re getting to a position where the only players who will strengthen our squad are those who are either playing for or are targets for the top 6.
Unless we are actually competing to sign those players, it seems crazy to let the cream of our crop go. Unless a player is demanding to leave it’s pretty much accepting that you have no ambition.
Yes, there are riskier prospects who we can develop over time, as we have done well over the years, but these need time to bed in. In each case of a sale, you have to ask yourself if the profit made outweighs the disruption to the squad and potential loss of income by dropping down the table etc.
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