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Eddie Howe confirms Ryan Fraser won’t play again for the club

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Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe has confirmed that soon out-of-contract player Ryan Fraser has played his last game for the Cherries and won’t be involved further.

Ryan Fraser’s contract is set to expire this season with many clubs interested in his signature. Due to the financial implications of the coronavirus pandemic, many clubs are behind quality free agents and that has led to a competition between clubs to sign him. Fraser still has a lot of top years to provide and Everton are the latest club showing interest in him.

“[Fraser] has now played his last game for the football club. He won’t be involved with us for the last nine games,” Howe said. “I only want players who are fully focused on the relegation battle 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, fight tooth and nail for the football club.

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“Ryan, due to his contract situation, can’t commit to that. Two games for us wasn’t going to make the difference. We need a nine-game commitment and he can’t give that at this moment in time.

“We go ahead with the current squad and probably the strongest squad I’ve had to pick from this season. Hopefully, that will show in the games we have.”

The 26-year-old Scottish winger joined the Cherries in 2013 helping the side gain promotion to League One in his first season. Two years later he helped Bournemouth gain promotion to the Championship. In 2015, Bournemouth gained promotion to the top-flight and they have been in the Premier League for a fifth consecutive season.

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