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Ritchie told he can leave Newcastle

Matt Ritchie has been told he can leave Newcastle United this summer.

The Sun says the Toon winger met manager Rafa Benitez for talks over his future last week.

During their discussions, Ritchie, who turns 30 in September, asked about an extension to his current contract which expires in 2021.

But Benitez informed the Scotland international he would not be given new terms because of his age.

And the Spaniard then gave Ritchie the green light to look for another club - if he wanted to try and secure one last bumper deal.

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