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Bournemouth release club statement on Ryan Fraser amid Arsenal links

By Harry Edwards

Published: 16:44, 15 June 2019

Bournemouth chief executive Neill Blake insists the Cherries have tabled a new contract offer for Ryan Fraser.

The Scottish midfielder has just one year remaining on his current deal at Bournemouth and has been linked with a move to Arsenal following an impressive 2018/19 Premier League campaign.

Will Fraser be leaving Bournemouth? Five things to know…

  1. Ryan Fraser has been linked with a move away from Bournemouth.
  2. The 25-year-old recorded 14 assists in the Premier League last season, also scoring seven goals.
  3. As a result, Fraser is reportedly being targeted by the likes of Arsenal and Liverpool.
  4. The midfielder recently admitted he was unsure about his Bournemouth future.
  5. But Bournemouth’s chief executive remains hopeful Fraser will sign a new contract with the Cherries.

Fraser finished the season with 14 assists in the Premier League a tally bettered only by Eden Hazard (15) and also chipping in with seven goals. For Bournemouth, only Callum Wilson (14 goals and nine assists) was directly involved in more Premier League goals than Fraser.

As a result, the 25-year-old has found himself on the radar of the likes of Arsenal and Liverpool and has been tipped for a move this summer. However, Bournemouth chief executive Blake has revealed the club offered Fraser a new contract last summer – and it is still very much on the table.

“Much has been written and spoken about the future of Ryan Fraser, as his contract with AFC Bournemouth heads into its final 12 months,” the statement read.

“As is the club’s policy, details regarding contract negotiations or transfer activity are kept confidential and do not enter the public domain.

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“However, following some recent reports I felt it was imperative to speak publicly and provide balanced clarity on the situation. The offer of a new long-term contract has been on the table for Ryan for some time.

“In September 2018, at the request of Ryan’s representative, negotiations were paused to allow the player to focus entirely on his football. He went on to have an outstanding season, with seven goals and 14 assists helping the club secure a fifth successive season of Premier League football.

“During that time, I have been – and continue to be – in regular dialogue with Ryan’s representative, and have made it clear to both him and the player that our contract offer remains on the table.

“Quite simply, Ryan is a fantastic player and an integral part of our squad. We look forward to welcoming Ryan back to us next month after a well-earned break, upon which he can focus on having another standout season for AFC Bournemouth.”

Fraser unsure on future

Despite Bournemouth’s revelations of a contract previously being offered, Fraser himself has recently admitted he is unsure about his future with the Cherries.

“The lads [Scotland teammates] have been asking,” he said.

“I don’t know myself so there’s no point thinking about it, wherever I’ll be, I’ll be. I don’t know what is happening. I’m not just saying that.”

However, speaking in April, Fraser did reveal he was flattered by the links to Arsenal.

“I’m not going to lie, it’s very nice. It means you are doing something right,” he said.

“They are a huge club, a massive club. When you see your name thrown around you always think to yourself that you are a Bournemouth player and you try to do well.

“I’m not going to lie, you do feel good, especially when it’s a massive club.”