Matt Ritchie has had another stellar season for Newcastle United last and what a buy this lad has been from Bournemouth.
And strangely enough, Stoke City are again being linked with a move for him this summer – maybe it’s the same people who linked him with Stoke last summer?
Yes – that sounds about right.
Matt himself has joked that he seems to be wanting away from Newcastle every transfer window.
But we doubt he wants to leave Newcastle this summer with manager Rafa Benitez hopefully going to commit a few more years to the club.
Unfortunately, that’s still uncertain because of Mike Ashley’s usual intransigence.
Great shot of Matt Ritchie against Wolves
Sorry to keep criticizing the owner, but he deserves it.
Matt has talked about Rafa in the Shields Gazette:
“Yeah, of course, the players want him to stay,”
“It’s out of our hands. We can’t affect it – it’s down to the manager and the board.”
“There’s no secret the manager’s been fantastic since he has arrived.”
“Hopefully, he can stay and we can continue to create a good team and look forward to the future with hope.”
“I don’t really want to talk about that (Rafa could leave), because I don’t think we’re going to see that.”
“I’m optimistic that he will stay. I hope he stays – everyone hopes he stays.”
“There’s no point talking about ifs and buts, as we don’t know yet, let’s just wait and see.”
“I think she’ll stay – Hopefully, yeah.”
Newcastle fans chanted “Rafa Benitez, we want you to stay” continuously at Craven Cottage so the fans have again done everything they can to keep the world-class manager (and man) at the club.
Now it’s up to the owner to do his job.
But we think Rafa will stay – we’re upbeat right now about Newcastle’s future.
In fact – come to think about it – we’ve never been so upbeat about Newcastle’s future in the 12 years we have run this blog.
Howay The Lads!!