Matt Ritchie wants a new contract at Newcastle but he will not get one because of his age.
That’s the report in the Sun today and it seems Mike Ashley’s rather severe stance on older players will exist at Newcastle whether Rafa stays or goes in the summer.
Matt has been one of our best players for the last three years and he is the heart and soul of the club and the team – but that seemingly means nothing in Mike Ashley’s purely financial world.
Rafa Benitez met with the winger last week on talks of his future – Matt’s contract runs out in two years.
Rafa Benitez with Matt Ritchie
He asked about an extension to his contract when he would then be close to 32, and he was told by the manager he would not be offered a new deal.
Ritchie was told if he wanted to leave Newcastle in the summer he could start looking for a new club.
So that explains why Rafa is looking for a new left wing back – Ritchie will probably leave the club this summer.
The Sun is reporting the news came as a huge shock to Ritchie himself, who has been one of our best players this season.
Why we couldn’t give Matt a two-year extension we don’t know.
Anybody coming in is always a risk because they haven’t proved themselves in the team.
That’s something Matt Ritchie does every single season.
Matt could see out the two years remaining on his contract and become a free agent in two years time – but we think he will want to secure a new bumper deal elsewhere this summer.
Newcastle will want big money for the talented winger.
What do you think?