Bournemouth have been forced to release an official statement over the future of Ryan Fraser, who has been heavily linked with a summer move to Arsenal.
As things stand, the 25-year-old is approaching the final year of his current contract with the Cherries.
Fraser has so far refused to sign a new deal and is believed to be keen on a move to the Emirates.
However, Bournemouth are eager to point out that they are doing all they can to keep a prized asset on their books.
A statement from chief executive Neill Blak, on the club’s official website read: “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 13 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.”
Fraser has been with Bournemouth since 2013, helping them to rise from League One to the Premier League.
The Scotland international contributed eight goals and 15 assists last season.
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