Club captain fears rumoured Spurs target is on his way out

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Dom Le Roy

Bournemouth captain Simon Francis fears that midfielder Ryan Fraser could be on his way out of the club in the summer.

90min reported last month that Tottenham were tracking Fraser and could make an offer for him in the summer.

Spurs were said to be facing competition from their North London rivals Arsenal and Everton for the midfielder’s signature.

Fraser’s contract with the Cherries is set to expire on June 30 (Daily Mail) and like many other players across the Premier League with their contracts running out in the summer, there is uncertainty surrounding what will happen with the Premier League season currently on hold.

It has been speculated that short-term extensions could be arranged for those whose deals expire this summer (The Telegraph).

However, Francis fears Fraser could be tempted away from Vitality Stadium when he becomes a free agent in the summer.

Speaking to The Sun, the defenderaid: “Ryan has not mentioned the (contract) situation in the last few weeks but throughout the season I have been interested to get his take on things

“He admitted publicly a few months ago that his form had dipped and he had not necessarily been playing for the team as a result of the speculation on his future.

“You had to respect his honesty and I do think over the last couple of months he has got his head down. It is only going to help him and us if he puts in performances like he did last season when he was so good.

“But if you are a free agent in the summer and you have interest from other clubs and then the season is going to be extended through June, July or even August, what position does that leave you in mentally? How are you going to go about it?

“Would you sign a short-term contract with the club you are currently at and commit your short-term future? Or do you think, ‘No, this club wants me for next season, I’ll hold off’?

“If the season does go beyond June 30, we are going to need Ryan because he would play a massive part in our fight to stay up.”

Spurs Web Opinion

Fraser’s form has dipped substantially this season but that could be due to the fact that his contract is running down. While I have no doubt that the Bournemouth star is good enough to be a valuable squad player for us, we are fairly well stocked in attacking midfield positions at the moment. So, I just can’t see us moving for Fraser in the summer.

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