Maccabi Haifa comment on reported interest in ex-Leeds flop Vurnon Anita

Leeds United director of football Victor Orta takes his seat during the Pre-season Friendly match between York City and Leeds United on July 10, 2019 in York, England.

Vurnon Anita made just 18 Championship appearances during a two-year spell at Leeds United - Marcelo Bielsa clearly wasn't keen.

Vurnon Anita of Leeds United during the Sky Bet Championship match between Middlesbrough and Leeds United at Riverside Stadium on March 2, 2018 in Middlesbrough, England.

Eight days after Vurnon Anita’s contract was terminated by Leeds United, a former Dutch international who has played for Ajax and Newcastle United still can’t find a club willing to hand him a fresh start.

Anita looked set to be put out of his misery when Israeli publication Walla claimed last week that he was a target for Maccabi Haifa.

The 12-time title winners recently signed fellow Dutchman Yanic Wildschut and Tjaron Chery, formerly of Norwich City and QPR respectively, and Anita was expected to follow in their footsteps.

 

But Maccabi Haifa have now come out and made it clear that the 30-year-old is not on his way to Israel. The Green Locomotive have confirmed that Anita is ‘not on our list’ after being asked about the speculation by Sport 1.

So where does the experienced midfielder, who can also play in both full-back positions, go from here?

Leeds United's Vurnon Anita in action during the Sky Bet Championship match between Millwall and Leeds United at The Den on September 16, 2017 in London, England.

Given the wealth of top level experience on his CV, plus an always useful ability to play in a variety of defensive positions, you’d think that Anita would not be short of options even after a miserable spell at Leeds which in which he accumulated just 18 Championship appearances.

Not so.

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

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