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‘Absolutely gutted’: Some Newcastle fans react to report ‘absolute god send’ wants to leave

Some Newcastle United fans have been reacting on social media to reports by the Mirror that Matt Ritchie wants to secure a summer transfer to Bournemouth.

Ritchie is ‘anxious’ to move back to Dean Court for family reasons after a move was blocked in January. The midfielder was left disappointed when talks broke down over the winter and is pushing to make it happen now.

Newcastle paid Bournemouth £10million to sign Ritchie in 2016 to help the Tyneside outfit to secure promotion from the Championship. He arrived alongside Dwight Gayle from Crystal Palace for the same fee and has proven a fans’ favourite since.

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Ritchie struggled for minutes under Steve Bruce during the first half of last season before attempting to return to Bournemouth. But the Cherries failed to offer Newcastle satisfactory terms, per Chronicle Live, with the two side’s valuations differing.

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The former Scotland international would regain a prominent role in Bruce’s plans as Newcastle fought for their Premier League survival. He started each of the final nine games of the campaign, in which United won five and drew twice.

Ritchie also provided three assists during his run in the side over April and May. The £45,000-per-week dynamo set Joe Willock up to score the winner against West Ham, as well as Paul Dummett’s goal at Leicester with his set-piece expertise proving crucial.

The 16-cap midfielder has two years remaining on his contract after penning an extension in March last year.

Newcastle fans react at Ritchie eyes Bournemouth transfer

But a few Newcastle fans would he happy to see Ritchie leave St James’ Park before his contract expires. That’s after some shared on social media that they would let him re-join Bournemouth after his years of great service.

Others also pointed to Ritchie wanting to leave Newcastle for Bournemouth being down to family reasons. But that would not stop supporters from being disappointed to see him leave, as the 31-year-old could make a difference.

So, here are some of the messages shared…

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