Matt Ritchie has confirmed he’s in talks with Newcastle United about extending his future – and some of the clubs supporters on Twitter are delighted with the update.
The Sun have reported that Championship club Stoke City could make an ambitious move for the 29-year-old in the summer transfer window.
The Sun detailed that the Scotsman had been informed by manager Rafael Benitez that he could leave at the end of the season, as he couldn’t agree a deal to extend his current contract past 2021.
But he’s confirmed that discussions are currently being held about his St James’ Park future.
“There are discussions at the moment, hopefully we can get them resolved. This is a massive football club, I’m really enjoying playing for so until I’m told my services are no longer required, I’m fighting for my life as I do every week to perform.”
Ritchie has been a key player this season for Newcastle and been a regular in Rafael Benitez’s team, which is why he’s received such support from the fans.
He made 39 appearances across all competitions, scoring three goals and supplying nine assists in return.
The left-sided flyer has been a winger during most of his career, but in the last few months looked brilliant in a wing-back position.
Ritchie’s current £45,000-a-week (Spotrac) deal expires in 2021 and he’s in discussions about a new one.
Here are some of the Newcastle fans delighted that Ritchie is in talks, while they are desperate for him to stay:
Puts a lot of effort into his game. An inspiration on the field.
— Lord Anthony (@toastofworcesta) May 16, 2019
Finally some good news. Whilst I don’t think he would be my first choice if we had someone better, he’s the type of grafter you would want around the club to be on the heels of others. #trueprofessional
— Hepps (@Hepps9) May 16, 2019
Great news. Top pro.
— David Short (@davidshort63) May 16, 2019
Got to keep this lad, proper footballer, work rate is 2nd to none! HWTL
— brett osborne (@brettozzy) May 16, 2019
Fantastic news 👍◼️◻️◼️◻️
— Toonfan (@ataylor1892) May 16, 2019
Hope this is a hint that Rafa stays too. Definitely want Ritchie to stay.
— Christine Hearne (@christinesusanh) May 16, 2019
Got a good 2/3 years left in him. Get him signed on! ⚫️⚪️⚫️⚪️⚫️⚪️
— gc21 (@gcross2102) May 16, 2019
Hes got to stay at this club. Hes found his position at left wing back and finished last season as our best player.
— Mark (@NixonMark1989) May 16, 2019