Midfielder May Decide He Needs To Leave Newcastle


Vurnon Anita was signed in the summer of 2012 and has been playing well for the side since Rafa Benitez arrived at the club in March.

But his five year deal on Tyneside runs out next summer and there has been no move to extend his contract by Rafa and Managing Director Lee Charnley.

Not yet anyway and Rafa is the one who decides if Vurnon will get a new contract at the club.

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Vurnon Anita – free agent in the summer

And we have an inkling that Rafa may not make any decisions on players whose contracts are running out until the end of the season, when he can see the big picture and which players he wants to retain – given which league we are in next season.

Anita was signed by Newcastle from Ajax for £6.7M and if he does become a free agent in the summer we will lose him for nothing.

Feyenoord are at the top of the Eredivisie on goal difference from Ajax after their 6-1 home win over Sparta and Vurnon Anita was at that game.

That initiated some reports in the Dutch press that he could be a target for the Dutch club either in January when he could be acquired for a minimal fee, or next summer when he could become a free agent.

Certainly with his contract running out in the summer clubs can officially talk to him in January about a potential move.

We would be surprised if Vurnon doesn’t get a new deal this summer, since Rafa has often praised him as an intelligent and experienced player who will get the job done and he can play in a number of different positions.

But he may have to wait until the end of the season before a new contract offer is made.

Whether he wants to wait that long and live with the uncertainty, when he can secure his future in January is a good question.

But we think Vurnon would love to stay at Newcastle with manager Rafa Benitez.

What do you think?

Do You Want Vurnon Anita To Be Offered A New Contract?

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6 comments so far

  • firebug666

    Dec 5, 2016 at 8:36 AM

    Comment #1

    I voted yes, Anita is doing well, is a good utility player, has premiership and European experience, and he is improving under Rafa who is getting the best out of him.

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  • Vest

    Dec 5, 2016 at 8:44 AM

    Comment #2

    I can imagine that he will be useful as a replacement for Jonjo these next games. That is his most natural position, and who else do we have as a ballplayer in that position?

    If he does a good job, he could probably be offered a new deal before January.

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  • Mag52

    Dec 5, 2016 at 8:47 AM

    Comment #3

    Anita is the sort of player we need to hold on to whether we are promoted or not.
    He can play in a few different positions, he has premier league experience, he is improving and will improve more under Rafa’s direction.
    I see him as an important squad member for some time to come.

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  • Jib

    Dec 5, 2016 at 8:48 AM

    Comment #4

    He is looking OK in the Championship .

    He will be 28 in April.

    He gets called a Dutch international but only actually has 3 caps in friendlies awarded 6 years ago.

    Once we get into the PL he knows he will only be a backup player.

    The Eredivisie would suit him down to the ground.

    If the club would allow him to last until a free in the Summer it would suit both parties and be a fitting reward for a loyal player.

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  • toonincheek

    Dec 5, 2016 at 11:52 AM

    Comment #5

    OFFER a new contract – I voted Yes.
    But in the PL, he must understand he would be backup only and
    not get so many games.
    If he decides to leave for more regular footy – he has my best wishes.

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  • banjax

    Dec 6, 2016 at 1:24 PM

    Comment #6

    Players who are a cut above in the Championship are very average in the Premier league. So Anita is a no deal if we are promoted along with many others in team.

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