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Jun 16, 2019, 8:11:00 AM

Bournemouth CEO seeks to clarify Ryan Fraser contract situation

Bournemouth chief executive Neill Blake has moved to provide some clarity over the transfer situation of winger Ryan Fraser.

Fraser, who has been linked with a move to Arsenal this summer, is in the final year of his contract and has stalled over signing a new deal with Eddie Howe’s side.

Blake told the Cherries website: “Much has been written and spoken about the future of Ryan Fraser, as his contract with AFC Bournemouth heads into its final 12 months.

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

“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,” he added.

Words: Jake Evans

Images: PA