BOSS Eddie Howe stressed his respect for “incredible” Harry Arter and insisted he would have a “conversation” with the midfielder about his future.

The Republic of Ireland international, plucked from non-league Woking for £4,000 in June 2010, spent this season on loan at Cardiff – making 25 appearances.

He failed to help keep the Bluebirds in the Premier League, as they finished in 18th with 34 points.

Asked about his season with the Welsh outfit, Arter told “I loved every minute of my time at Cardiff.

"The atmosphere in that stadium was just incredible and from the moment I walked into the club, the fans were fantastic to me.

“It was just such a shame that we couldn't quite stay up."

Reports from the same outlet earlier this month claimed the 29-year-old would not remain at Cardiff following the loan deal.

The publication said the Sidcup-born star “could be set for a move to Fulham” where Arter’s brother-in-law Scott Parker has earned the manager’s job on a permanent basis.

Arter signed a fresh four-year deal with Cherries in July 2017 – keeping him contracted to the Dorset club until at least the summer of 2021.

And Howe insisted talks would be held with the Cherries ace about his future.

Asked whether Arter would be coming back to Vitality Stadium following his loan spell, Howe said: “I’ll sit down with Harry and have a conversation with him and see what we do. I think it’s going to be a two-way process.

“I think he’s done a really good job for Cardiff this year, so let’s wait and see.”

He added: “I’ve got so much time and respect for Harry.

“I’ve spoken to him throughout the season at different times. Obviously, it’s difficult when you know the players are preparing for big games - you don’t necessarily want to get too involved in that process.

“But certainly afterwards, we’ll have a good chat.”

Arter has played 255 times for Cherries since joining when the club was in League One. He has scored 29 goals for the Dorset side.

Howe added: “What he’s done for this football club over a long period of time has been incredible.

“He’s another one of our longest-serving players who has given us so much.

“Naturally, I think we will do what’s best for us and what’s best for Harry. We’ll have a conversation and see what we do.”