Newcastle United fans do not appear pleased with the rumours that Matt Ritchie has been told by Rafael Benitez that he can leave St. James’ Park.
The winger has also been informed that he is free to seek a new club in the summer, with Newcastle looking to go in a different direction.
However, Magpies fans feel that Ritchie would be a big miss if he was to depart.
Disgusting if true— Kev (@venison_barry) April 16, 2019
Equivalent to selling Milner to Villa in terms of contribution to the team.— tony andrews (@TAndrews89) April 16, 2019
Richie gives us 100% hard to replace for me— andy71 (@andysan1971) April 16, 2019
I wouldn't get rid of Ritchie, he's had 3 good years with us, top pro, hard working and gets in loads of crosses. Ashley spends so little, selling players who have been integral to the team makes no sense at all.— Brady (@BRADY1892) April 16, 2019
Hes been our most consistent player for 2 seasons now. He will be missed— Jlm D (@dube_jim) April 17, 2019
Hope he doesnt go. Great at battling, team man and motivator... always gives 100%...— jonny lay (@jon85toon) April 17, 2019
What you playing at Benitez— adam thompson (@histonadam85) April 17, 2019
Ritchie has been linked with an exit from Newcastle over the past two transfer windows, but has continued to play a key role on Tyneside.
The Scot appears to be a player who Benitez trusts, but big changes are expected at Newcastle this summer.
If Benitez sticks around the Spanish boss is likely to have been promised funds, as he wants to add quality to Newcastle’s squad.
Ritchie has made 32 appearances for the Magpies this term, scoring twice and claiming five assists.