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The midfielder found it hard to leave Ajax after 13 years at the club, but is happy with his transfer to the Magpies, targeting a push for Champions League qualification

Newcastle's latest signing, Vurnon Anita, is aiming for a top-four finish in his debut season at the club.

The 23-year-old completed a £6.6 million transfer from Ajax on Thursday, leaving the club with whom he had spent the past 13 years. The Netherlands international was impressed with the football played by the Magpies last season as they ultimately finished fifth and hopes that they can challenge for Champions League qualfication again this time around.

Anita told Sky Sports: "I watched a lot of games in the Premier League and I've seen Newcastle play, and they play very well, very good football.

"It's too bad that they didn't get fourth place but it's OK. This year we must improve our skills to be in the top four."

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The midfielder was part of the Eredivisie-winning side of the last two seasons and admitted that it was hard leaving the club which he joined as a 10-year-old.

Anita made 138 appearances for Ajax, scoring seven goals, and had been a regular first-team player for the last three years.

"It was very hard. I'd been there for 13 years," he confided. "It was difficult but in football players leave. Now I'm at Newcastle and I'm very happy to be here."