Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe admits he is unsure whether Ryan Fraser will remain at the club next season after the Scottish winger was linked with a summer move to Arsenal.
Fraser, whose contract ends in June 2020, told Sky Sports on Friday that he was flattered to be linked with a “massive club” after reports that Arsenal head coach Unai Emery was interested in securing his services.
“We have spoken to Ryan and his representatives about his contract. It’s one where we will see what happens,” Howe told reporters on Friday. “There is no doubting Ryan’s quality and how highly we think of him. “He is an outstanding talent but it is a two-way prospect to sign a contract, so let’s wait and see.”
Fraser, 25, has been one of Bournemouth’s key players this season with six goals and 10 assists in the Premier League.
“Ryan has contributed to the team this season but it’s not the time to talk about speculation,” Howe added. “Who knows in the summer? It’s that time of year when things change and us ourselves will be looking to sign players.”
Fraser admitted yesterday to being flattered by the interest but insists his focus remains on performing for Bournemouth. “I’m not going to lie, it’s very nice. It means you are are doing something right,” he told Sky Sports News.
“They are a huge club, a massive club. When you see your name thrown around you always think to yourself that you are a Bournemouth player and you try to do well. “I’m not going to lie, you do feel good, especially when it’s a massive club.”
Fraser, who is enjoying the best season of his career thus far, said he will not take on any extra pressure by changing his game to impress potential suitors in the final six games of the season.