EDDIE Howe urged Ryan Fraser to “block out the noise” surrounding his future at Cherries and continue his impressive form from last season.

The Cherries winger, whose current deal runs out at the end of this season, registered an impressive 14 assists in the top flight during 2018-19.

Speculation had been rife over the Scotland international’s future throughout the summer but Cherries retained his services after the transfer window slammed shut on Thursday.

He is set to be part of Howe’s squad to host Sheffield United tomorrow (3pm).

Asked whether he was confident talk surrounding Fraser’s contract would not affect his performances, Howe said: “I am because of basically how the player performed last season under similar scrutiny and a lot of transfer noise around him for quite a period of time.

“I think Ryan has got used to that. Without speaking to him in length about it, I don’t think it’s something he can control in what’s said around him.

“I think he has to just concentrate on what happens on the pitch as the only thing he can influence. So I would urge him to block out the noise and carry on the form that he did last season.”

Quizzed on whether there was a possibility of keeping Fraser beyond this campaign, Howe replied: “That’s going to be down to Ryan and his representatives. That’s a difficult one for me to comment on.”