'He's played his last Leeds game' - Exclusive: Whelan makes big claim about international
Noel Whelan has claimed Vurnon Anita has “played his last game” for Leeds United even if he doesn’t secure a move by next week.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-United striker insisted that the Holland international, 30, will not feature in Marcelo Bielsa’s plans this season regardless of the outcome of transfer discussions.
As revealed by Football Insider, Anita is training away from the senior squad at Leeds’ Thorp Arch headquarters after being deemed surplus to requirements.
The Championship giants are open to offers for the 2017 signing from Newcastle United, either permanently or on loan after his talks to join Greek club Panathinaikos collapsed last month.
“There is no place for Vurnon Anita anymore, he’s played his last Leeds game,” Whelan told Football Insider. “Everybody wanted it to work out for him when he signed, but it wasn’t the same Anita as the one who played for Newcastle.
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“He didn’t do a great deal under what were difficult circumstances admittedly. We have better players now, we just do. Anita needs to look elsewhere and move on. I’m sure he will be looking to do that.
“Bielsa has not seen enough from Anita to change his mind, and prefers the other senior players as well as the youngsters like Jamie Shackleton, Robbie Gotts and Leif Davis.
“Is Anita going to take over in midfield from Adam Forshaw or Kalvin Phillips, or a full-back from Stuart Dallas or Luke Ayling? No, he is not. There is no place for him.
“Whether he played for Holland or not is irrelevant.”
Anita joined Leeds on a free transfer after playing 106 times in the Premier League for Newcastle United and three times for Holland.
He was also a key player in Rafael Benitez’s side that swept all before them to secure promotion from the Championship three seasons ago.
In other Leeds United news, it can be REVEALED that the club are to hold imminent talks with 23-year-old over a deal worth more than £10million.