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Newcastle winger Ritchie unsurprised by Oliver Burke hype

Newcastle winger Matt Ritchie isn't surprised by the hype around new Red Bull Leipzig signing Oliver Burke.

Premier League giants Manchester United, Liverpool and Arsenal had all been linked with a move for his signature while he was still with Nottingham Forest.

"I think if you look at his stature he is very much like Gareth Bale," said Ritchie ahead of Scotland's opening World Cup qualifier against Malta.

"I don't want to build him up to be Gareth Bale because he is his own man and his own player.

"But, from what I have seen, his ability – the sky is the limit for him and it is all about his mentality, staying grounded and working hard and hopefully he can fulfil his potential.

"It would be great for Scotland."

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