Matt Ritchie is hoping he can stay at Newcastle for the rest of his playing career.
He has two years left on his current five-year contract and has been one of Newcastle’s best players over the last three years and he epitomizes the proud, passion and skill of the current team Rafa Benitez has put in place at the club.
Let’s not forget this man stepped down a league in the summer of 2016 to join Rafa and Newcastle United after we had just been relegated.
Matt is 29 years old now and as good as ever, but he may still find it difficult to get a new deal from Mike Ashley, because of his age: but the owner knows very little about football.
Rafa Benitez – often praises the attitude, passion and work ethic of Matt Ritchie
With that in mind this is what Matt Ritchie has said on Newcastle’s website:
“I think the second half of the season we’ve been brilliant – as we were last season,”
“Obviously there were a few additions to the team in January, and I think Rondon has made a huge difference to us – not just his goals, but the way we can get up the pitch with him.
“The second half of the season has been really good. I think to compete with the top six is difficult, so that’s unrealistic.
“As I’ve said before, the teams below the top eight are in a league of their own. To finish 13th is fantastic, and hopefully, we can keep building.”
Matt was a little short of goals last season but he was also unlucky with hitting the woodwork too many times.
He played 39 games for us with 3 goals and 9 assists.
In the three years he’s been a Newcastle player he has played 125 games for us with 22 goals and 25 assists.
That’s an excellent record.
As we said – please sign this man up – quickly.