Leeds United understand their utility man Vurnon Anita will officially leave the club at some point this week, according to the Football Insider website.

The Whites midfielder, who is equally able to operate at full-back, has been given licence to find another club by Marcelo Bielsa, with the Dutchman not part of his plans moving forward.

Anita has another year left on his deal at Leeds, but he is expected to leave Elland Road in order to get his career back on track after a disappointing time of it in Yorkshire.

The 30-year-old was seen as a good signing when he arrived from Newcastle United on a free transfer two years ago, but with a series of manager changes in his first season with the Whites, he struggled to find regular game time and was farmed out on loan to Willem II last term.

The midfielder has featured on 22 occasions in his time at Leeds, but never got a regular run in the side, and it looks as though he is not going to get that opportunity, as Bielsa tends to give opportunities to the younger players in his ranks.

Anita has been offered a way out of Elland Road however, with Greek outfit Panathinaikos looking to sign him, but in order for any move to take place, the Whites man will have to buy himself out of his current deal.

Given that he is unlikely to see too much action if he stayed at Leeds, it makes sense for both parties to allow the Netherlands international to leave for nothing.

That gets him off the wage bill and frees up a space for Bielsa to fill in his squad, and means the player will be more attractive to potential suitors, of whom he shouldn’t be short of given that he has more than 100 Premier League appearances to his name from his time with Newcastle.

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