We reported earlier today that Matt Ritchie is hoping that Rafa Benitez will stay at Newcastle for the foreseeable future.
It’s no secret that Rafa and the former Bournemouth winger have a great working relationship with Rafa often pointing to Matt as being an example for other players to emulate – let’s say the perfect player for Rafa?
Although nothing is perfect in Rafa’s eyes – as we all know.
We will win a game 8-1 one day and he’ll talk in the press conference after the game exclusively about how we should have prevented the goal and kept a clean sheet.
But he may also say we were “quite good.”
Matt’s a very talented player, follows directions closely, is full of energy and works his socks off in every single game he plays for the club.
Our fans will never forget what he’s done for Newcastle over the previous three years and that he was willing to drop down a division to work with Rafa.
Rafa Benitez with Matt Ritchie after Burnley game
How did Matt miss that open goal?
And Matt has talked about the 4-0 win at Fulham on Sunday which has our fans ending the season on a very positive note – and looking forward to Rafa (hopefully) staying on Tyneside.
This is what Matt has told the Shields’ Gazette about our final game on Sunday:
“I think this team deserved it,” “What a performance on the final day, playing for nothing.”
“The number of times you see a 0-0 or a team not showing the desire, fight or mentality you need to win games in the league.”
“We were fantastic from early on.”
“We’re absolutely delighted with the way we’ve finished the season.
“I’m really pleased to be a part of this group. Hopefully, we can build on this and become stronger and a better team next season.
“I think we finished on 44 points last season, and 45 this season. We keep improving – we need to continue doing that.”
“Togetherness is something, especially in the second half of the season.”
“Fans, players, management – everyone has really pulled together.”
“Results show that has a huge effect on the football club.”
We would like to see Newcastle offer the 29-year-old a new contract so he can finish his playing career at Newcastle.
But we don’t think Mike Ashey will do that.
The owner will say he’s too old and will want to cash in on him – and never even mention how good a player he is for the club.
Matt Ritchie to Newcastle has been one of our best ever signings over the last decade.