Danny Mills has revealed he thought Leeds United’s capture of Vurnon Anita was a coup after the club confirmed they had terminated the Dutch international’s contract by mutual consent.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Leeds and England defender admits he had completely forgotten the versatile 30-year-old was at Elland Road after failing to appear for Marcelo Bielsa.
The former Newcastle United man joined the Whites on a free transfer in the summer of 2017 but fell out of favour after 22 appearances for the club, the club confirming his departure last week.
After admitting he had forgotten Anita was a Leeds player, Mills revealed he thought the Whites were onto a winner when they initially secured his signing for nothing after his contract expired at St James’ Park.
Mills told Football Insider: “He came in initially from Newcastle and I thought that was a good signing – can play in midfield, can play in at full-back, got some quality. He played the first three or four games and then just disappeared. I’d actually forgotten he was at the football club.
“Just disappeared off the face of the planet. It is a very strange one, I’m sure he’ll get another club now. It seemed like a decent signing and a real coup to get him in.”
Anita, a three-cap Dutch international, leaves Elland Road with 106 Premier League and 45 Championship appearances under his belt, having come to England from Eredivisie giants Ajax.
He is able to play in a multitude of positions, although has primarily been utilised as a central midfielder.
In other Leeds United news, Noel Whelan has told Football Insider that a “fantastic” young talent at Elland Road is already worth as much as £15million.