Matt Ritchie spent four very successful years at Bournemouth.

His first three seasons included promotions from League One and the Championship, then his final one was spent in the Premier League.

When Matt Ritchie moved to Tyneside there was widespread surprise, having fought all his career to get to the top tier, taking a step back down appeared anything but a positive to many neutrals.

However, Eddie Howe revealed that even though Bournemouth were playing at a higher level and with the Premier League riches, they were unable to match the wages on offer at Newcastle.

Now the player himself has given his own special reasons for moving the length of the country and a division lower.

Ritchie insisting that with ‘no disrespect to Bournemouth’…’the size of Newcastle united was the main thing’.

The player says that sometime he has to ‘pinch’ himself to believe he is at a club like Newcastle United but he says that he has worked hard all his life to achieve that.

Matt Ritchie taking to Sky Sports:

“No disrespect to Bournemouth because my time there was unbelievable and I loved every minute of it, but the size of Newcastle United was the main thing…

“Sometimes I have to pinch myself.

“But is is always something I believed I could do and I worked hard for it.

“Hopefully it will be a good era for the club and I can be a part of it.

The manager has been given a lot of trust from the owner and the job is to get promoted.

“Hopefully we can continue to do the job we are doing at the minute and I am sure in the summer the manager might ask for a bit of money to spend.

“We will cross that bridge when we come to it.

“We have a tough run-in but it’s one we are really excited for because we know that the end goal is a big prize.”