Vurnon Anita happy to play in defence for Newcastle United

Anita happy to play in defence
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Vurnon Anita insists that he is happy to play in defence for new club Newcastle United.

Vurnon Anita has insisted that he is happy to play in defence for new club Newcastle United.

The 23-year-old midfielder was forced to play at right-back during the Magpies' recent 1-1 draw with Aston Villa after Danny Simpson was taken off with an injury.

"We have got two injuries on that side, so if the manager needs me on that side, I will do my best for the team," he told the club's official website.

"It went well against Aston Villa. As a right-back you can come forward a lot, so I did that also and yes, I think it was a good performance.

"Central midfield is my position, so the main focus is on the midfield, but if the manager needs me on the right side, I can also play there."

Newcastle continue their Premier League campaign on Monday night when they travel to Everton.

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