Date: 3rd July 2018 at 6:00pm
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The club are in talks with Stoke City about selling Matt Ritchie, according to both the Chronicle and the Shields Gazette.

We haven’t agreed a transfer yet with the Potters, but the fact that discussions are taking place suggests a possible departure could be on the cards.

Fans on Twitter would be disappointed to see the 28-year-old leave St James’ Park:

Verdict:

I do understand the reasons behind the decision if Matt does leave. We need to finance moves for other players and Rafa is in a difficult situation. If he wants to recruit either Andros Townsend or Kenedy then someone will have to be sold.

It’s a shame if it were to be our no.11. He has been a reliable and consistent player over the past two seasons, and he has never given anything less than 100% for the club. Nothing is set in stone yet, and he could still stay, but I would certainly be disappointed if we do decide to let him go.

 

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