Matt Ritchie has gone on to reveal why he swapped Bournemouth for Newcastle United this summer.
Newcastle United splashed a sizeable £12 million to secure the services of Matt Ritchie from Bournemouth following the departure of Andros Townsend to Crystal Palace and the signing has been seen as a huge boost for the Magpies.
However from Ritchie’s point of view, many were left surprised as to why the 26-year-old decided to swap regular Premier League football for a slog in the Championship.
Now Ritchie has gone on to open up regarding his decision to swap Bournemouth for Newcastle and has stated that the main reason why he made a move to St. James’ Park was due to the fact that he simply could not say no to such a big club.
Speaking to the Chronicle, the winger said, “It was a tough decision because I loved my time at Bournemouth. I had a fantastic spell there and it was very successful.
“I also have a lot of friends there, it was a tough decision to leave a club like Bournemouth. But when a club like Newcastle comes calling you can’t say no.
“Especially with the size of the club, the structure and the manager here. It has been fantastic and I have really enjoyed the first couple of days. The training has been very high quality and I am looking forward to the start of the season.”
Ritchie was one of the most crucial figures in helping Bournemouth earn promotion as well as establish themselves in the Premier League, and now Magpies’ supporters will be hoping that he can do the same with Newcastle as well.