Bournemouth’s chairman Jeff Mostyn is adamant that Ryan Fraser is not for sale this summer after the diminutive winger was linked with a summer switch to Arsenal last week.
The 25-year-old Scotland international has enjoyed a sensational season for Eddie Howe’s side, scoring six goals and providing ten assists in the Premier League. Only Leicester’s James Maddison (92) and Chelsea’s Eden Hazard (85) have created more chances in the division than Fraser (73) this term and that form has reportedly caught Arsenal’s attention.
Fraser welcomed Arsenal’s interest in him last week, saying ‘I’m not going to lie, it’s very nice. It means you are doing something right. They are a huge club, a massive club.’ However, Mostyn, who has overseen Bournemouth’s rise up the divisions and their consolidation in the Premier League, is hopeful that both he and Callum Wilson will remain at the Vitality.
‘Ryan Fraser is a Bournemouth player. Callum Wilson is a Bournemouth player,’ he said. ‘We just don’t want anybody to leave the football club. Your prized assets are prized assets for a reason and we want to continue the momentum that we have achieved. ‘Four consecutive seasons in the Premier League. We are going to start our next season, which will be our fifth year [and] we want our very best players to be playing for our football club.’
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A factor that could sway Fraser’s future is that his Bournemouth contract is set to expire in 2020 and as of yet there has been no agreement to an extension.
‘We will talk to Ryan,’ Mostyn said. ‘It is very early days yet and we will do the best for Ryan as we always have for all of our players. ‘At the end of the day, contracts are what [they are]. People sign long-term contracts and will still leave but as far as I am concerned, I follow Eddie Howe’s mantra – we never talk about transfers and I just follow my manager’s example.’