Thursday 15 November 2018

'In my heart I do know what I want' - Ireland's Harry Arter in talks with Eddie Howe over Bournemouth future

Harry Arter during a Republic of Ireland squad training session at the FAI National Training Centre in Abbotstown, Dublin. Photo by Seb Daly/Sportsfile
Harry Arter during a Republic of Ireland squad training session at the FAI National Training Centre in Abbotstown, Dublin. Photo by Seb Daly/Sportsfile
Daniel McDonnell

Daniel McDonnell

HARRY Arter has admitted that he has held talks with Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe about his future.

It is expected that the midfielder will leave Bournemouth this summer - but he was diplomatic when speaking about his next step after Ireland's training session at Malahide today.

And he even refused to rule out staying with the club despite enduring a season to forget.

Arter has not featured for Bournemouth since January and, while injury has been a factor in his campaign, he has fallen out of favour with Howe.

There was a persistent link to West Ham that was also reported to have impacted on his position.

"I always feel, and I've said in my life, you try and take a positive out of a negative," said Arter today. "When you don't have a successful season, you have to try and assess and ask what went wrong.

"The season I endured this year is one I don't want next season. I came out of team quite early. I've been a big part of the starting eleven for the last seven, eight years and every player - when they come out of the team - always feels a tad aggrieved.

"As the season went on, I respected the manager's decision. I knew he didn't wake up one morning and decide 'I don't like Harry any more'. It was a football decision."

The 28-year-old was asked about what he would like to happen this summer, but he shied away from giving a definitive answer and insisted his focus was on Monday's game with France in Paris.

"In my heart I do know what I want," he said. "As I say, I'd probably rather just concentrate on this camp. I always feel when you come away here, my aim is to try and perform as well as I can with Ireland. I don't want to get distracted by what might happen or what might not happen.

"The respect I have for Bournemouth and the manager, there's no reason why I can't go back there and fight for my place."

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