Di Canio wants Ritchie to stay
Paolo Di Canio is urging Swindon star Matt Ritchie to keep his feet on the ground after Bournemouth had a bid for the winger rejected on Monday.
Last Updated: 27/12/11 4:02pm
Paolo Di Canio is urging Swindon star Matt Ritchie to keep his feet on the ground after League One side Bournemouth had a substantial bid for the winger rejected on Monday.
Bournemouth - who have been long-time admirers of the former Portsmouth ace - had several bids turned down by the Robins before the loan window closed in November, but tried to land their man again last week with an offer of £500,000 - again rejected by Town.
It seems certain that the Cherries will test Swindon's resolve once more when the transfer window opens next week and Di Canio is hopeful Ritchie - who has netted seven goals in all competitions this term - will stay with the League Two side.
"It is a big amount of money and for Ritchie or any player to have interest from a club at a higher level, it can give you an extra lift and you feel happy that other teams are watching," said Di Canio.
"The important thing is how the player reacts. If realistically you know you will remain because the money will not change your life and you want to keep going and play our type of football, then you need to think about this.
"It could happen that a player plays well for a period and then is not so good for the next 20 games.
"My suggestion is that a player keeps going, play at this level and then you can have even more requests in the future - this should be good for a player."
And Di Canio admits the transfer window could play a crucial role in Swindon's season, as the Robins look to keep hold of their top players and add to their ranks.
"In terms of players coming in we have targets, but at the moment I don't want to talk about names, that's not fair," said Di Canio.
"We have targets and hopefully we can bring some of those to the club."
Swindon are currently seventh in League Two, just inside the play-off positions.