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Cherries manager Howe: This is the ideal club for Arter
Cherries tonight announced that coveted midfielder Arter had committed his future to the club by signing a new contract amid reports of growing interest in the playmaker.
The Dorset outfit confirmed that the 22-year-old had put the finishing touches to a deal that runs until the summer of 2015, with the option for a further 12 months in the club’s favour.
Restored to the starting line-up by Howe, Arter scored in Cherries’ win against Tranmere on Saturday and again impressed as he netted another goal in the midweek draw at Notts County.
Arter, who was signed by Howe during his first stint as Cherries manager, will be hoping to build on those performances in tomorrow's League One clash at Carlisle (3pm).
Speaking before news of Arter’s deal, Howe told the Daily Echo: “I think for any young player – and Harry is still young, learning and developing – the best way to do that is to be playing games week in, week out.
“From his own career perspective, he is definitely at the right place and he is definitely in a team that will play to suit his style and try to get the best out of him.
“I would say very much, at this stage of his career, he is in the best place.”
Cherries will hope that Arter’s new contract will fend off interest in his services following Sky Sports reports which claimed a number of clubs from a higher level had been alerted by his recent displays.
Howe said: “I’ve not heard anything official and, from our perspective, we certainly wouldn’t encourage it.
“I have always said this previously and I will say the same again, if our players are getting linked with other clubs then, maybe, that is a good thing. It means they are performing and doing their jobs for us, which is what we ask them to do.”
Meanwhile, Howe refused to rule out the possibility of bolstering his squad before the loan window closes on November 22.
He added: “It was very much a case of coming in to see what we had in the squad and what we needed moving forward. Before the loan window shuts, we will have to make that decision.”
But it is understood that national newspaper reports linking Burnley forward Danny Ings with a loan return to Cherries are wide of the mark.
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