That’s Danny Cowley’s belief, following the latest round of talks over a Fratton Park homecoming for the Gosport lad.
But the Blues boss admitted the winger’s Premier League wages make the likelihood of an imminent move to the club where he started his career unlikely.
Speculation of this has gathered pace around reports Newcastle boss Eddie Howe has told Ritchie he can leave St James’ Park in January.
The 33-year-old has spent six years on Tyneside following a £12million move from Bournemouth, making 190 appearances in that time.
That stay looks set to come to an end, with Ritchie’s existing deal set to close next summer.
The academy graduate has never hidden his desire to one day play for Pompeo again, having left in 2011 after just 10 senior appearances.
Matt Ritchie, left, and Eddie Howe. Image: Stu Forster/Getty Images
Cowley explained how he enjoyed having the former Swindon man in his ranks but is not sure it would work within his budget.
However, he sees Ritchie back in royal blue before calling time on his career.
Cowley said: “I would like to, is that possible?
“I’m not sure we could cover his wages coming to Portsmouth though!
“Having said that, he loves the club and has been to a couple of games with his boys.
“We would like him – I think our xG would increase then and there will be no whining about the plays!