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'I think I would have helped massively': Newcastle new boy Ryan Fraser claims Bournemouth could have avoided Premier League relegation had he not turned down a short-term contract to stay on last season Ryan Fraser defended his choice to reject a contract extension at Bournemouth  The 26-year-old joined Newcastle this week as a free agent after walking away  Fraser believes he could have stopped Bournemouth's relegation had he stayed  The Scotland international was heavily criticised by supporters for the decision 

By Craig Hope for the Daily Mail

Published: 17:01 BST, 9 September 2020 | Updated: 20:54 BST, 9 September 2020

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Ryan Fraser says Bournemouth probably would have avoided Premier League relegation had he played during the final weeks of the season - but has defended his decision to reject a short-term contract.

The 26-year-old, who joined Newcastle on a free transfer this week, left the Cherries in June and did not feature in any of their nine matches following restart.

Fraser was heavily criticised by Bournemouth supporters after turning down the offer to play during their battle for survival and the team were eventually relegated by one point.

Newcastle star Ryan Fraser says he could have stopped Bournemouth's drop had he stayed

Newcastle star Ryan Fraser says he could have stopped Bournemouth's drop had he stayed

Fraser turned down a short-term extension and Eddie Howe then departed after the relegation

Fraser turned down a short-term extension and Eddie Howe then departed after the relegation

The Scotland international insists he had to protect his own interests with his contract having expired, but says there is also frustration because he knows his presence would have made a difference.

‘My contract was done so it’s not like I refused to play any games,’ he said. ‘Nobody saw this virus coming. If the virus didn’t come I would have played every game under my contract.

‘Some lads in the Premier League signed an extension, and fair play to them. But for me, at my age, knowing that this

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