Date: 18th April 2019 at 9:21am
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Bournemouth are set to approach Newcastle officials over a deal for if he is denied a new long-term contract, according to the Northern Echo.

The regional newspaper reports on its website that the Cherries have been alerted of the situation surrounding the 29-year-old’s future, and will approach officials in the summer if nothing changes.

The report adds that £45,000-a-week [Spotrac] ace wants a new that will let him remain on Tyneside beyond his current two year deal and until he hangs up his boots.

However, at the moment, boss will not be offering Ritchie anything.

OPINION

To let a player like Ritchie leave after the great impact that he has made this season would be a grave mistake on the club’s part. He has been excellent this season bar a couple of games, and the fact that he does not look like he will extend his stay will have the Newcastle absolutely fuming. It is not a surprise then, that Bournemouth will make an approach to officials if things do not change in the window. Ritchie wants security for the rest of his playing career, and if cannot offer that, then he may end up moving back down South to his former club. Yes, he may turn 30-years-old later this year, but that is no reason why the club should not offer him new deal. At this rate, they risk losing one of their most consistent players – something which they may regret further down the line.