Talk about changing your tune. The Chronicle reports that Eredivisie champions PSV Eindhoven are interested in a summer move for soon to be out-of-contract Newcastle United man Vurnon Anita, although sporting director Marcel Brands will be praying his 2015 quotes remain under wraps.
“The average agent is again showing more interest in players and not just in the top players who everyone wants,” Brands said on Anita’s move from Ajax to Newcastle, as reported by The Chronicle.
“Anita, I still think, is one of the most miraculous transfers. Let’s be honest, at Ajax he was almost a substitute and he will never be on our shortlist at PSV.
“He will never be a star player for Newcastle, but he is still there."
Just to reiterate, if the point was not quite emphatic enough, Brands claimed that PSV would ‘never’ consider a move for the ultimate utility man. Well that is not how it seems right now.
Newcastle appear increasingly unlikely to offer Anita a new deal to extend his stay on Tyneside despite Magpies boss Rafa Benitez publically praising the Dutchman’s versatility, the 27-year-old having filled in at either full-back position when not tracking and tussling in defensive midfield.
Consequently, it is somewhat surprising that Newcastle appear to have decided that he is not worthy of a fresh contract and a return to his homeland now appears the most likely result.
And, on the face of it, a move to the Phillips Stadium appears to suit both the three-time international and the Dutch giants especially as PSV have resurrected countless careers in previous seasons, turning former Juventus winger Andres Guardado into an excellent controlling midfielder while helping former Newcastle flop Luuk De Jong blossom into the league’s most consistent centre-forward.
Although, for Brands’ sake, let us hope Anita stays off Google for a while.