Date: 16th May 2019 at 5:01pm
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Lots of Newcastle supporters have been reacting on social media after Matt Ritchie confirmed he’s in talks with United over a prolonged contract.

The Scottish midfielder, who has been a surprising revelation this season at wing-back, has told the Chronicle that he is desperate to remain a Magpie next season, despite speculation that he was ready to quit the club.

Football Insider reported earlier in May that the 29-year-old was considering dropping back down a tier as he had no future at St James’ Park. Stoke City were even said to be willing to offer the £45,000-a-week ace a new home this summer, with the Potters said to be preparing a lucrative, long-term contract.

Gosport-born Ritchie, however, has stated that discussions are underway with United over a new contract, and that he hopes to stay on Tyneside until he is told that his services are no longer required.

“There are discussions at the moment, hopefully we can get them resolved,” he said. “This is a massive football club, I’m really enjoying playing for [United], so until I’m told my services are no longer required, I’m fighting for my life as I do every week to perform.

“Who knows what the future holds, but until I’m told my services are no longer required, I’ll do everything for the football club.”

Ritchie’s current deal runs until the summer of 2021, and given how vital he was to our 13th place finish, selling the £10.8million-rated ace would be a mistake.

The 16-cap former international recorded eight assists in the Premier League during the 2018/19 campaign, along with two goals. He also scored our only goal in the FA Cup draw at home to Blackburn and assisted the goal that secured our replay win.

So when the Chronicle shared that discussions are underway to keep the 5 ft 6 wide man at the club, here’s how the fanbase reacted on Twitter…

 
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