Newcastle midfielder Vurnon Anita admits future is up in the air

The diminutive box-to-box man has confessed that he could well leave St James’ Park next month.

Vurnon Anita has admitted that he could well leave Newcastle in the January transfer window in search of more regular first-team football.

The former Ajax man has found opportunities in Alan Pardew’s side hard to come by this season, starting only six Premier League games in 2014/15.

Anita was handed a rare start against Manchester United yesterday and was part of the team that lost 3-1 at Old Trafford.

Although admitting that the chance to feature against Louis van Gaal was a bonus, Anita has refused to rule out a transfer next month.

“As a footballer you always want to play; when I heard I would start I was very happy,” the former Ajax midfielder told Soccer News.

“I work hard and if the coach needs me I’ll be there - but I want to play more.

“Who knows - you never know what can happen in football. Maybe something will happen, we’ll see.”

Anita joined Newcastle in the summer of 2012 but has failed to live up high expectations after starring in the Eredivisie.

Cheick Tiote is currently unavailable for the Geordies and is likely to be missing as Ivory Coast take part in the African Cup of Nations, which could have a bearing on Anita’s future.

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