Southampton chairman Ralph Krueger has confirmed that their 25-year-old Dutch defender Virgil van Dijk won’t be leaving the club in the coming summer.
Van Dijk, who came to the St. Mary’s from Celtic in 2015, has been an utter mainstay for the team and his brilliant performances have earned a lot of accolades over time. And with Jose Fonte now at West Ham United, the Dutch will be given the reigns to guide his team to summit.
Even in past summer, van Dijk was linked with a host of clubs, but the Saints managed to hold onto him. Then came the winter window and the clubs again fought for his signature, but Claude Puel was reluctant to let him, and quite rightly so, because club’s captain – Jose Fonte – had just left. What followed was a major concern for the team as van Dijk was ruled out for the season.
Back in December 2016, Squawka reported that Southampton braced themselves for a major bidding war for the player, but they set their mind on not selling him, however, the source stated that even if they think of selling him, they will demand a fee which will be more than £45 million.
Both the Manchester Clubs were linked, while the Blues of London also reportedly showed an interest and the Red side of Merseyside – Liverpool – were the biggest admirer of the player and given the transfer history between the two clubs, the deal was allegedly possible.
However, luckily for Southampton, no move ever materialized, but the danger still lies ahead in the upcoming summer window – where not just the Premier League clubs, but the other giants, capable of offering a mouth-watering deal, will enter the race.
But their chairman Ralph Krueger, on his part, has stated that van Dijk won’t be leaving the club in near future.
Krueger told talkSPORT: “Virgil is committed to us for a long time and we don’t see anything but that in our future.
“We will be sitting together in a few weeks to look at our summer transfer window and what the plans are. At the moment, Virgil is very committed to us. He is our team captain and we see him in our red and white stripes.”
Southampton recently, very unluckily, lost to Manchester United and even though they were missing van Dijk due to his injury, their backup defenders delivered a fine performance. They will now be preparing themselves for the Saturday’s Premier League clash against Watford and will be looking to gain a two-point lead over the Hornets.