Vurnon Anita was released from Newcastle United in the summer of 2017 after his contract ran out. He had been with Newcastle for five seasons having joined in the summer of 2012 after our fifth-place finish in the league.
Anita promptly joined Championship side Leeds in 2017, but it was not smooth sailing for the Dutchman. He managed just 22 appearances his first season at Leeds. When Marcelo Bielsa took the helm at Elland Road the next summer, Vurnon was not part of his plans. He spent last season on loan at Eredivisie club Willem II.
This season there has been a lot of speculation about where Anita would play. The thirty-year-old had just the one year remaining on his contract with Leeds but was not given a squad number for this season. He had been in talks with Panathinaikos in Greece on a loan move, but that never materialized.
Leeds United have just announced that Anita has left the club by mutual consent. That will hopefully allow Vurnon to find a team to play for this season. Vurnon made 155 appearances for Newcastle.
? | #LUFC wishes Vurnon Anita all the best for the future, as the midfielder departs the club by mutual consent
— Leeds United (@LUFC) September 2, 2019