CHERRIES chief executive Neill Blake has spoken out over the ongoing saga surrounding Ryan Fraser’s future and insisted: “Our contract offer remains on the table.”

Speculation has been rife over the 25-year-old’s future at Vitality Stadium, with Fraser having just 12 months remaining on his current deal.

The likes of Premier League big guns Arsenal and Tottenham have been linked with the winger, who registered 14 assists in the Premier League last season.

In an interview with the Scotsman, Fraser insisted there had been no update on his future with the Dorset club.

He said: “It was six or seven months ago that we last spoke about my future, but nothing since.

“Even in the end-of-season meeting I had with the manager, we didn’t speak about my future.”

But, despite the club’s policy not to discuss transfer activity or contract negotiations, club chief Blake has voiced his take on the situation.

He told the club website: “Much has been written and spoken about the future of Ryan Fraser, as his contract with AFC Bournemouth heads into its final 12 months.

“As is the club’s policy, details regarding contract negotiations or transfer activity are kept confidential and do not enter the public domain.

“However, following some recent reports, I felt it was imperative to speak publicly and provide balanced clarity on the situation.

“The offer of a new long-term contract has been on the table for Ryan for some time.

“In September 2018, at the request of Ryan’s representative, negotiations were paused to allow the player to focus entirely on his football.

“He went on to have an outstanding season, with seven goals and 14 assists helping the club secure a fifth successive season of Premier League football.

“During that time, I have been – and continue to be – in regular dialogue with Ryan’s representative, and have made it clear to both him and the player that our contract offer remains on the table.

“Quite simply, Ryan is a fantastic player and an integral part of our squad. We look forward to welcoming Ryan back to us next month after a well-earned break, upon which he can focus on having another standout season for AFC Bournemouth.”

The Daily Echo understands Cherries are also open to negotiations beyond what had been originally offered to Fraser and they fully expect him to be a Cherries player next season.

Responding to the Daily Echo in May to a question regarding Fraser’s contract, boss Eddie Howe said: “We would sign Ryan to a new contract tomorrow but that’s obviously a two-way process. I have no intention of breaking this team up, that’s my wish.

“I want to add the other way and continue to improve us.”