Vurnon Anita breaks silence on his Newcastle exit after joining Leeds

Vurnon Anita
Vurnon Anita

Vurnon Anita has spoken about his exit from Newcastle United.

Anita yesterday signed a three-year deal at Championship club Leeds United.

The 28-year-old joined as a free agent, with his contract at St James's Park having expired last month.

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Anita – who had been an influential figure for promotion-winning Newcastle last season – had been looking to secure a new contract at the club.

But United manager Rafa Benitez chose not to offer a deal to the Holland international.

Vurnon Anita

Vurnon Anita

Asked by the Yorkshire Evening Post if he had been looking for a fresh start, Anita said: “Yes and no. The situation occurred that I got released.

"Things didn’t work out with a new contract at Newcastle, but I’m here and I’m very happy to be here.

"I’m ready for a new challenge and I feel that now.”

Anita was unveiled at Leeds' kit launch last night.

On his move to Elland Road, Anita added: “For a few weeks we’ve been talking, and I’m pleased to be here.

"The main goal for me coming here is promotion. The club are starting a new project with promotion in mind, and that was one of the things that attracted me. It’s a beautiful club, and (promotion) is something we need to achieve.

“I played here last season with Newcastle, so I know what the supporters are like.

"They are just like Newcastle – great supporters who demand a lot. I know what to expect and I’m not afraid of that.”

Leeds manager Thomas Christiansen said: "Everyone knows him, he’s a good player.

“He can play in different positions. He has the skill, the right attitude, the experience.

“Also, the promotion he got with Newcastle, that’s something we want from him, and I’m very happy to have him.”

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