The Mirror is reporting today that Matt Ritchie will want more than £60K/week to move to Stoke City this summer.
So this suggests he is considering moving back to the Championship to try to help Stoke get promoted next season.
But he wants big money to do that for a second time in two years after he moved down a league from Bournemouth to help Newcastle get promoted.
Newcastle’s Matt Ritchie – after scoring last season
And that’s what he did – scoring 16 goals for us and getting 9 assists and he was our Player of the Season in our promotion year.
He was supposed to have been offered £75K/week to move in reports earlier this week so they are not true – more “paper talk”.
It would be worth it to Stoke to get Ritchie but Newcastle are said to want 1£5M to persuade Rafa to part with one of his favorite players.
And Newcastle fans are not too happy about the winger possibly leaving the club as he epitomizes the passion and spirit of Rafa’s Newcastle United side.
Spotrac.com have listed every player’s wages at Newcastle and Ritchie is near the top of the list with £45K/week.
He really earns those wages at Newcastle with his all-out endeavor and he is also a strong voice in the dressing room and an excellent team player.
The report also says Stroke will have to wait for Ritchie with Rafa Benitez trying to bring in both Kenedy and Andros Townsend to be the potential starters on each wing next season.
What do you think?