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Bournemouth play down Ritchie to Man Utd rumours

Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe has no plans to sell Matt Ritchie to Manchester United.


The 26-year-old winger has emerged as an unlikely target for the Red Devils who are being linked with a January pursuit.

However, Howe has no intentions of getting rid of one his key payers as the Cherries continue to adjust to life in the Premier League.

"Matty's (Ritchie) a good player so it's not a surprise to me he's linked to the top clubs," Howe told Sky Sports.

"Matt Ritchie on form and playing well is a threat to anybody.

"Whenever any of our players gets linked, it's not welcome by us. We're not a selling club and we certainly want to keep the squad together if we can in January and not the other way."

Howe added: "We'd have to see that (a United bid) on its individual merit, but certainly we're not looking to sell him."

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