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SCOTS CAP STAR AXED

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SCOTLAND international winger Ryan Fraser will NOT play for Bournemouth again.

The Premier League club’s manager Eddie Howe has axed the former Aberdeen star after the player’s decision to reject a short-term contract extension.

The 26-year-old flanker is set to leave the club when his current deal expires at the end of the month.

Howe, speaking to Sky Sports News, said: “He has now played his last game for the football club. He won’t be involved with us for the last nine games.

“I only want players who are fully focused on the relegation battle we have ahead and I’m looking forward to doing that with my squad.

“These are the most important games this football club has had in recent times and we need everybody in the same position mentally, fight tooth and nail for the football club.

“Ryan, due to his contract situation, can’t commit to that. Two games for us wasn’t going to make the difference. We need a nine-game commitment and he can’t give that at this moment in time.”

Pint-sized Fraser helped the south coast outfit earn promotion from League One in his first season at the club in 2013, before winning promotion to the Premier League with them two years later.

He has since made 120 Premier League appearances for the south-coast side, but has scored just once in 32 appearances this season. He was linked with Arsenal last summer.

The Bournemouth gaffer, who signed the player, then only 18, from the Dons, added: “I’ve enjoyed working with Ryan.

“When you look at his career progression since he signed for us to where he is now, it’s been one of huge positivity and progression and improvement. That only happens to a player who is totally committed to what he’s doing.

“He didn’t deserve this ending, but the circumstances that have arisen have meant this has happened.

“I’m sad for him because he’s had a really good link with the supporters and they’ve really loved him during his time here. The way it’s ended is uncomfortable for me and it’s sad because it shouldn’t have ended like this.”

Howe’s side, who sit inside the relegation zone on goal difference, resume their league season against Crystal Palace at the Vitality Stadium this evening.

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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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