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Report: Newcastle United's Matt Ritchie stunned after being told he can leave

Matt Ritchie of Newcastle in action during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Southampton at St. James Park on March 10, 2018 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England.

Matt Ritchie has played a key role for Rafael Benitez's Newcastle United side so far this season.

Manager of Newcastle United Rafael Benitez hugs Matt Ritchie of Newcastle United after being substituted during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Everton FC at St....

According to The Sun, Rafael Benitez has left Newcastle United midfielder Matt Ritchie stunned, after informing him he is free to leave St. James’ Park.

Ritchie and Benitez sat down to discuss his Newcastle future last week, but the Scottish winger was reportedly told that he would not be offered new terms.

 

Ritchie’s current deal expires in two years’ time, and Ritchie wanted to commit to Newcastle for the long-term.

However, Benitez was reluctant to hand the winger a new deal, and has said that he is free to look for a new club.

Newcastle feel that Ritchie may need to be moved on, as he is now reaching an age where he has little re-sale value.

Matt Ritchie of Newcastle United  during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Newcastle United at the Emirates Stadium, London on Monday 1st April 2019.

Ritchie is now 29, and Newcastle are reportedly keen to cash in on him in the summer transfer window.

Ritchie has been a key player for the Magpies this summer, but Benitez is keen to bring in added quality in the summer transfer window.

If Newcastle do opt to sell Ritchie, the Daily Mirror claim that he will cost £10 million for any interested buyers

Matt Ritchie of Newcastle United during the Premier League match between Chelsea and Newcastle United at Stamford Bridge on December 2, 2017 in London, England.

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