Eddie Howe has raised suspicion that former Scottish International Matt Ritchie may be following fellow promotion pack colleagues Isaac Hayden, Ciaran Clark and Dwight Gayle out of the door.
Eddie Howe, courtesy of Newcastle World.
“It wasn’t farewell or intentional from my side,” Howe said, referring to Ritchie's appearance from the bench against Burnley on the last day of the season.
“I think it’s well documented my relationship with Matty, we go so far back.
“The respect for him I have as a person - he’s been incredible for me.
“Matty’s own personal situation: he will have his own thoughts. Mine is to try and keep him but it’s well documented that Matty has been a way from his family for a long period of time.
“He loves playing for Newcastle and is very passionate about the club. But I think it is unclear what direction we will take this year but from both sides there is a lot of respect.”