Ryan Fraser will NOT play for Bournemouth again as Eddie Howe cuts winger out of his squad and admits ‘it’s uncomfortable’ after he rejected a short-term contract extension while chasing a big move
- Bournemouth announced this week that Ryan Fraser rejected a new contract
- The Scottish international will not play in their two scheduled fixtures this month
- Sportsmail revealed this week that Everton are interested in the winger
Eddie Howe has confirmed that Ryan Fraser has played his last game for Bournemouth.
The Scotland winger won’t play any part in Bournemouth’s two Premier League fixtures against Crystal Palace and Wolves before his contract expires at the end of this month.
Bournemouth revealed this week that Fraser had rejected a contract extension until the end of the season and will leave the club on a free transfer on June 30.
Ryan Fraser is set to leave Bournemouth when his contract expires on June 30
Eddie Howe admits he is saddened by the manner of his star player’s departure
And the Cherries boss admits he is saddened by the manner of the departure of one of his star players.
He said on Friday: ‘I’ve enjoyed working with Ryan. When you look at his career it’s been one of progression and improvement.
‘He didn’t deserve this ending. But circumstances have arose that made it happen. I’m sad for him. Now for it to end the way it has is uncomfortable for me.
‘I don’t think I was particularly surprised by his decision. I think it’s been clear to us as a club for some time that Ryan wasn’t going to sign a new contract with us.
‘He’s now played his last game for the football club, he won’t be involved with us for the last nine games.’
Howe and Fraser interact during a training session ahead of the season’s restart
Howe added: ‘I only want players who are fully focused on the relegation battle that we have ahead and I’m looking forward to doing that with my squad.
‘These are the most important games this football club has had in recent times and we need everybody in the same position mentally, fighting tooth and nail, giving everything for the football club, and Ryan unfortunately, due to his contractual situation, can’t commit to that.’
Sportsmail revealed this week that Fraser is hoping to land a summer move to Everton.
Sportsmail understands Fraser has told his Bournemouth team-mates he sees Everton as his best option.
Fraser has been one of Bournemouth’s best players and has attracted interest from Everton
The 26-year-old would rather not risk injury by playing beyond the end of his current deal, which expires at the end of this month.
The Cherries had confirmed that Simon Francis, Andrew Surman, Artur Boruc and Charlie Daniels had all agreed to stay for their final nine matches.
But Fraser’s seven-year stint at Bournemouth will now end as the club battles to avoid relegation.