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Report: Leeds misfit Vurnon Anita rejects club's exit plan

Vurnon Anita of Leeds United during the Carabao Cup First Round match between Leeds United and Port Vale at Elland Road on August 9, 2017 in Leeds, England.

Leeds United are trying to offload Vurnon Anita this summer.

Vurnon Anita of Willem II  during the Dutch Eredivisie  match between PSV v Willem II at the Philips Stadium on September 1, 2018 in Eindhoven Netherlands

According to SDNA in Greece, Panathinaikos are still keen on Leeds United misfit Vurnon Anita, but he has rejected their plans to get rid of him.

Anita, 30, was signed on a free transfer from Newcastle United in the summer of 2017, and was viewed as a utility player who could offer some valuable experience.

The former Ajax man made 22 appearances, but quickly found himself out of the picture last summer, and moved on loan to Willem II after finding himself out of Marcelo Bielsa's plans.

 

Anita was a regular for Willem last season, but has now returned to Leeds, where he has one year left on his contract – but he looks poised to move on this summer.

Panathinaikos are keen to bring him to Greece, but Leeds are attempting to simply get him off the books, offering to pay up half of his final year to terminate his contract.

Anita and his representatives have rejected that offer, as he knows that he will find it hard to earn similar money away from Elland Road.

Vurnon Anita of Willem II  during the Dutch Eredivisie  match between PSV v Willem II at the Philips Stadium on September 1, 2018 in Eindhoven Netherlands

That leaves Leeds in a tricky situation. They may well be forced to pay up all of Anita's contract to get him off the books, which is far from ideal as it would be a hefty price paid.

A move to Greece would be very decent for Anita though, and he's no doubt hoping to get a move away from Leeds to play first-team football – but only if the money is right.

Vurnon Anita of Leeds United during the Carabao Cup First Round match between Leeds United and Port Vale at Elland Road on August 9, 2017 in Leeds, England.

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