By Noel Whelan

4th Sep, 2019 | 7:00am

Exclusive: Whelan claims international taken pay cut to quit Leeds


Noel Whelan has claimed Vurnon Anita has taken a pay cut to quit Leeds United.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-United striker claimed that the Holland international, 30, will have been hit in the back pocket by agreeing to cancel his contract with the club on Monday.

Anita signed a three-year in the summer of 2017 that ran until next summer and was entitled to a salary up until that point.

The termination means United will have pay a significant sum to the former Newcastle United man, but Whelan believes he won’t have been paid off in full.

“He has probably taken a pay cut to leave,” Whelan told Football Insider. “Leeds won’t have paid him for the entirety of his contract. The club will have given him a percentage of what he would have earned and he will hope to make up the remainder at a new club.

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“When you are not playing you cannot be happy at a club, you just can’t. Every footballer needs to be playing to be truly happy. Sometimes you just need to work out a compromise.

“It’s good for him and good for Leeds because they both need to move on. It’s a mature decision by both parties involved.

Anita is now a free agent and that makes him more attractive to potential employers who are unlikely to offer him what he was earning at Leeds and former club Newcastle.

The versatile operator, who spent last season on loan in his native Holland, has a CV that includes two years at Elland Road, five years at Newcastle and six years at Ajax.

In other Leeds United news, Radrizzani has given the green light to a mega Leeds new deal, it may be done this week.