It has also been reported that Anita’s next move (besides thrashing out personal terms) will be to seek a summit meeting with Newcastle’s Silver Supremo, Alan Pardew, to seek certain reassurances on the football side of things. Speaking in an interview for “Ajax Showtime,” the player’s father has outlined some of the reassurances Anita will be seeking from the Grey Gaffer.
Before I begin though, it has also been reported by some sloppier sites that Anita’s wage demands are above Newcastle United’s wage ceiling. Whilst this may indeed happen when Anita’s agent, Derek Llambias and Lee Charnley get around to talking turkey, the Dutch reports it was referring to meant that Anita’s demands for a new, improved contract at Ajax were above THEIR wage ceiling, not Newcastle United’s.
So now I’ve got that out of the way, I’ll begin. Anita Snr told Ajax Showtime:
“We have an offer in Newcastle United, that’s right. But we are not sure yet. Vurnon needs to talk first with the coach of Newcastle, because he has not spoken. Newcastle and Ajax are in agreement, but Vurnon first wants to know what the plans of the Newcastle’s coach are with him. If he wants to play him at right back? Or at left back? Or in the midfield? These are important questions for Vurnon in making his choice. These are the questions for which we still have no answer.”
As to whether Anita would be seeking assurances from Pardew about how many games he’d be playing per season wasn’t mentioned. Another false story in some media was that Anita would be arriving in Tyneside for a medical earlier today, but this was also corrected in the interview, as Mr. Anita continued:
“I expect Vurnon and I will still be in the Netherlands today. Tomorrow (Tuesday) Vurnon is free, just like the rest of the Ajax squad, but we have not yet been invited by Newcastle to come to England. For now, I expect so we will just stay in the Netherlands.”
Things were then wrapped up when Anita Snr told the interviewer that if Vurnon received the assurances he was seeking from Pardew, the move could go through swiftly, and that Anita could be a Magpie within a week, concluding:
“If the conversation between the Newcastle coach and Vurnon goes in a positive manner, then it can go fast. Then, suddenly, it could happen within a week all round.”
Well here’s hoping anyway, but we’ll see in the fullness if time.