Speaking in a post match interview after Ajax’s first game of the Eredivisie season (against AZ Alkmaar), Anita didn’t confirm if the fee was the alleged €8 million (around £6.3 million) figure being speculated by some quarters of the media, but he did confirm that he is yet to make contact with the Magpies to discuss personal terms, saying:
“Ajax and Newcastle have reached an agreement, but I have not spoken to Newcastle yet.”
He also sounded a note of caution though, adding:
“The complete picture must be good. If talks do not go well, I will stay at Ajax. But I think everything will be alright.”
To get things in context, this comes in the wake of Ajax making an improved contract offer to Anita, which led to the player’s representatives (which should be Mino Raiola if it is true that he has recently changed from Harry Luloffs) making a counter offer which the Amsterdam club turned down. So, it looks like Anita and Luloffs are looking to Mike Ashley to make a bumper offer in terms of wages, bonuses, commissions and such (Good luck with that one, Vurnon!). But anyway, in conclusion, here’s what the little pocket battleship had to say about that:
“We submitted a counter proposal and Ajax didn’t accept it. So we look elsewhere. Leaving Ajax will be strange. I’ve played here for 13 years. I’ve enjoyed some good times and learned a lot. I am grateful to Ajax. It’s a pity I have to leave but football is like that sometimes.”
So once again, this is indeed more encouraging news, however the fat lass isn’t quite warbling yet, so let’s wait and see and negotiations go between Anita’s representatives and old tightwad!