28-year-old Vurnon Anita made an excellent move to a top Champions club yesterday as a free agent on a good three year contract.
It’s good that Vurnon has been fixed up with a club after Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez very surprisingly released him at the end of June after he has played so well at right-back since Rafa switched him there late in the previous Premier League season.
28 year-old Vurnon Anita – moved to Leeds United
Vurnon wanted a new deal at Newcastle but didn’t get one or else he was offered one but it was not the deal he was looking for, but that’s football.
So he’s off to another big club – Leeds United – who are also a sleeping giant at the moment.
Vurnon is a straightforward guy and an excellent professional and this is what he said in the Yorkshire Evening Post when asked if he wanted a new start:
“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.”
“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.”
It’s a good move by Vurnon and a good move by Leeds United and we hope that Leeds can finally get promoted and join another sleeping giant – Newcastle United – back in the Premier League.
However Newcastle are being woken up rather abruptly by a certain Mr. Rafa Benitez, who is transforming the club from top to bottom at breakneck speed.