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Anita joins Newcastle from Ajax

Vurnon Anita (Mandatory Credit: Action Images / Andrew Couldridge)
Vurnon Anita has left Ajax to join Newcastle on a five-year contract.
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Newcastle have completed the signing of Ajax midfielder Vurnon Anita for an undisclosed fee.

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The 23-year-old Holland international has signed a five-year deal at the Sport Direct Arena.

Magpies manager Alan Pardew told the club's official website: "We are delighted to secure the services of Vurnon."

Anita, who can also play as a full-back, joined the Ajax youth academy in 1999 and made his first-team debut in 2006.

Born on the island of Curacao, he had established himself as a key player at the Amsterdam Arena, winning back-to-back Eredivisie titles in 2011 and 2012.

Pardew added: "He is an exceptionally talented footballer with great technical ability, which is exactly what I'm looking at in a player.

"And, at 23 years old, we hope his best years are at Newcastle.

"He has come through the Ajax youth system which is world renowned for bringing up players the right way, and I am sure he will fit seamlessly into the squad of players we have here.

"Vurnon has done his pre-season, and indeed already played one competitive game, so he's up to speed and ready to play when I need him."

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