Player binned by Bielsa last year details 'Difficult' position he was put in after Leeds exit
Vurnon Anita accepts that he had no future at Leeds United when he left Elland Road last year but he does not seem to happy about the timing of his exit.
Anita, 31, joined the Whites from Newcastle in 2017 but made just 22 appearances in all competitions before he was loaned out to Willem II by Marcelo Bielsa in 2018.
The ex-Ajax player enjoyed a strong season with Willem, appearing 31 times in all competitions but once he returned to Leeds, he knew straight away that he had no future there.
Anita was eventually released by Bielsa on September 2 but by then, most transfer windows had closed and clubs had already put squads together that they wanted for the season.
The Dutchman had to wait until February 26 before he was signed up by Bulgarian giants CSKA Sofia and he’s now spoken out on how he felt about his ill-timed Leeds exit.
“When I returned from Willem II, I immediately felt that there was little perspective at Leeds. That’s okay, that year at Willem II made me stronger and I was able to show myself again. But unfortunately, I didn’t get the chance at Leeds anymore,” Anita told Voetbal Zone.
“At that time it was also difficult for clubs to attract players because everything is already fixed in terms of budgets and it is difficult to intervene. I started training for myself and walking with Jong Ajax, to stay fit if something should come. ”
It is good that Anita eventually got himself a new club but even the timing of his return to football was unfortunate because after just two appearances with CSKA Sofia, the season was suspended as the coronavirus pandemic hit Europe.
Hopefully, once football in Bulgaria is able to resume, Anita can make up for lost time by playing a key role for Sofia.
He was never the best player for Leeds but he wasn’t awful and he was a victim of injuries, poor management by Bielsa’s predecessors and the fact he didn’t fit what Bielsa wanted.
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