Newcastle United’s Matt Ritchie is not going to be offered a new deal by the club, raising the possibility he’ll leave this summer, according to the Sun.
Ritchie has played for much of this season out of position at left wing-back, but is reportedly not going to get an extended contract because of the club’s policy on older players.
The report says that the Scotland international has had a discussion with Rafa Benitez, after which it was made clear that he was free to look for a new club in the summer.
Newcastle fans took to Twitter to respond to the rumours. Some don’t believe that Benitez would let a player who has played so much this season leave the club.
Others just don’t want him to leave because of his performances over recent seasons, but there are some who feel Newcastle need to upgrade.
We’ve put together some of the varied reaction as the supporters wait to see how Ritchie’s future will play out…
I've heard this same rumour every single window since we signed him.
£10 says he's still here in August.
— The Geordie Boot Boy #NUFC (@BootGeordie) April 16, 2019
Doesn’t sound like something Rafa would say at all. Everyone knows he wants a mixture of youth and experience, if he stays
— Ashley Skelton (@SkeltonAsh) April 16, 2019
I wouldn't get rid of Ritchie, he's had 3 good years with us, top pro, hard working and gets in loads of crosses. Ashley spends so little, selling players who have been integral to the team makes no sense at all.
— Brady (@BRADY1892) April 16, 2019
That's just stupid and again the club is going backwards. We need him just for the passion and the way he motivates the team if nothing else. This would be a big mistake in my eyes.
— steven jones (@towlawstev) April 17, 2019
Hes been our most consistent player for 2 seasons now. He will be missed
— Jlm D (@dube_jim) April 17, 2019
What you playing at Benitez
— adam thompson (@histonadam85) April 17, 2019
But he's magic #uknowwww
— Gary Mcglasson (@McglassonGary) April 16, 2019
Tbf theres been talk hes fancied a mouth back south for 8/9 months now theres probably abit of truth in this
— Jay (@AngrycatJ) April 16, 2019
Nothing surprises me anymore with this club. But not to give Ritchie a new improved deal considering he has been excellent since he signed and gives his all every time he plays is crazy
— Tom (@TomCNUFC9) April 16, 2019
One of the first names on the team sheet. Never hides. Most assists again this season. Fantastic attitude. Deserves new deal.
— Kev (@venison_barry) April 16, 2019