Vurnon Anita was seen arriving by car at the Benton training headquarters and he was accompanied by his Italian agent Mino Raiola, who was talking on his cell phone in English – of course – and Raiola was slightly shorter than Vurnon, and looked a little bit like Mike Ashley – if truth be told – and was in very casual clothes. No it wasn’t Mike in disguise.
Vurnon Anita – he’s already training today
I have translated the interview form the video, and this is what Vurnon told Rob Scanlon of nufcTV in his first interview, and he answered the questions in very good English, on a par with Tim Krul, whom he has known since they were “little guys” because they played in the Dutch youth sides together.
Here’s what Vurnon said:
“It is a very big club Newcastle, and they did very well last year, and they really want me, so the step for me was not difficult to make, and I’m happy to be here now, and yes I hope to make it good here and win some prizes.”
“Last year I watched a lot of Newcastle games and yeah in the past I also watched when Alan Shearer was here, so I know the history, so it was not a difficult decision for me.” “It excites me a lot and it’s a big step for me, because I have been at Ajax for 13 years, so it’s a big step.”
“But I’m happy that I made it, and I hope to play a lot of games of course and win some prizes. Last year they (Newcastle) became 5th place so I hope now we can be in the top four.” “It’s very important to speak the language, it’s not so perfect but I think it’s going to be good in a few months , a few weeks, and I’ll keep practicing.”
“I’ve known Tim Krul since we were little guys and we played together in the Dutch teams, so I know him very well and I think he can help me with a lot of things here.” “I want to make steps and Newcastle is a great way to do it, and then go to the National team. The Premier League is a much higher level than the Dutch League, with better players so I can improve myself also.”
“I’ll be ready on Saturday if the trainer needs me – I will play.” “I think Alan Pardew is a great manager and he did very well last year also, and it was a nice talk and I am happy to work for him. He told me about the club, and what they want with me and what positions they want me to play in, so it was a great chat.”
“I most enjoy playing the midfield position, but I can play on the left or the right side as a full back, but my main focus is on midfield.” “I like to pass the ball and win the ball a lot, and in the midfield to make the play – I am little (he’s 5’6″) but I can get back.”
“They are great fans and they support the team, they are great supporters so I am happy to play for all the supporters.” “For myself I think to play a lot of games and improve myself, and for the team to win a lot of games and play in the Europa League and finish in the top four.”
“When I am not playing, I like to relax and play Playstation and have fun with the guys.”
This lad comes across as a level headed youngster, and he was smiling all the time during the interview, and we think he will soon become a great favorite on Tyneside.
What came across is that he prefers to play as a defensive midfielder rather than in either full-back position, but his best chance at a first team starting position is probably at one of the full back positions, Danny Simpson and Davide Santon watch out, and he could become a regular in one of those positions in very short order.
Again, Newcastle have done their homework on the character of the player, and he seems very poised and straight forward, and his former manager Frank de Boer at Ajax has said he is one of the hardest working footballers he has ever met.
He’s going to be a tremendous signing for our club.
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