Vurnon Anita pledges to stay and help Newcastle fight for Championship promotion next season

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The versatile Dutchman has no plans to leave the Magpies despite their relegation.

Newcastle United have been handed a boost as they begin to make plans for life in the Championship, with Vurnon Anita telling the Chronicle that he will be staying with the club for next season.

Numerous first-team stars are expected to leave St. James' Park in search of top-flight English or European football rather than following the Magpies down to the second tier.

However, £13 million striker Aleksandar Mitrovic said earlier this week that he has no plans to leave Tyneside as he is playing for a dream club.

If that came as a big boost to the Magpies, another huge plus point will be Anita's statement on his own future after his impressive season in the North East.

When asked by the Chronicle whether he saw his immediate future as being at St. James' Park, he replied: "Yeah, I have one year of my contract left and I will stay.

"We had a very, very good run but unfortunately we didn’t make it. Now the focus is already on next year and trying to fight and come back straight away to the Premier League.

"We must come back from this and we need to. That is now the focus and the only thing."

Anita has played 124 times for Newcastle since joining the club from his boyhood side Ajax four years ago, and has been an important player in a disappointing campaign for the Magpies this term.

Despite missing over two months of the season due to injury at the start of 2016, the Dutch international has still managed to rack up 28 Premier League appearances, and his passion for the club and versatility on the pitch have made him a popular figure with the Geordie locals.

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