Di Canio puts £2m price tag on Swindon Town's Ritchie

Matt Ritchie
Ritchie has netted six goals in 23 appearances this season

Swindon Town manager Paolo di Canio has insisted he will not sell midfielder Matt Ritchie for less than £2m.

Bournemouth offered to take the 22-year-old on loan and then hand over £400,000 for his services when the transfer window reopens in January but the Robins turned down the deal.

"It's a good idea from Bournemouth because Ritchie can do a good job," Di Canio told BBC Wiltshire.

"Everybody's got their price. Are they ready to give £2m? This is my price."

Ritchie first arrived at the County Ground on loan from Portsmouth in February 2010.

He signed a permanent deal a year later and has gone on to make 47 appearances, scoring 10 goals.

And the Italian was quick to add that he intends to keep him in the side: "Ritchie is a top player for us and a big prospect. We absolutely cannot lose him.

"It's good for him and I'm sure with this money I could find a very good winger. If the club asked me 'would you sell Ritchie?' I'd say no.

"I want to win the league and he is one of the main parts."

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