The former Scottish international is currently valued at £10.8m and as he gets older that value is likely to decrease.
Ritchie has become a fan-favourite on Tyneside, and it will be a sad day when he leaves.
He was one of Rafael Benitez’s first signings and epitomised exactly what Rafa wanted from his new Newcastle team – players who want to be here and do not see us as a stepping stone.
In every single game, he has put on the black & white stripes he has given his all, and that is all we can ask.
Last season he reinvented himself as a left-wing-back so that he could stay in the team.
Would you be sad to see Ritchie leave?
Yes, he is a crucial player
No, we can cope without him
I would love to keep him, but if he wants to move his family back down south, then we can’t stand in his way.
Hopefully, he does commit his future to Newcastle, but we will have to wait and see.