Leeds United have reportedly seen their exit plan for midfielder Vurnon Anita scuppered as the player has rejected the club’s attempt to release him from his contract early.
Greek publication SDNA have suggested that Marcelo Bielsa was looking to offload the 30-year-old and his contract, believed to be worth €700k (£632k) per year, this summer.
According to SDNA, the Whites want to terminate Anita’s contract and had offered to cover part of his remaining deal but the not the entirety of it as part of the compensation for the early termination.
The report suggests that the Dutchman and his representatives have rejected that deal but that negotiations between Anita and the Yorkshire club are ongoing.
Panathinaikos are believed to be interested in the player but no offer has been made.
Prior to arriving at Elland Road, the Dutch international made over 150 appearances for both Newcastle United and Ajax.
Anita could be a useful squad player for Leeds this season but it seems the Whites boss is not a fan of him so the quicker they can secure his exit, the better.
The 30-year-old is an extremely versatile player who is comfortable across the back four, as well as in defensive and central midfielder.
However, he has not made a single appearance for Bielsa and was sent out on loan by the Argentine coach last season, which would suggest he does not see a place for him in his plans.
If that is the case then Leeds should move him on as soon as possible to get his contract off their books.