Van Dijk Boost For Liverpool, Chelsea: £50m Defender Submits Transfer Request

Southampton Captain, Virgil van Dijk has formally tendered a transfer request to the club after claiming the club “insulted” him.

The Dutch man has been a summer target for Liverpool and more recently Chelsea with his club not willing to sell.

The defender has now submitted a transfer request to quit the club.

He wrote in his statement: “I would like Southampton to consider the interest in me from top clubs should it still exist, I have been left frustrated by the club’s position that I am not for sale and am disappointed that inquiries from multiple top clubs have been consistently rebuffed.

I am incredibly ambitious and want to achieve as much as I possibly can to fulfill my potential in what is a very short career as a professional footballer and I can confirm that I was asked about my frame of mind and for all of the reasons mentioned above, I was open and honest in saying that I did not feel I was in a settled mindset given the circumstances.

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I would also like to make clear that I have never once refused to train. As a proud professional I am insulted by the suggestion that it was me who refused to train and so feel it is important to point out the true version of events.”

Van Dijk, 26, said he handed in the request after claiming Southampton were about to fine him two weeks wages.

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“I had very much hoped to retain the good relationship I’ve always enjoyed with everyone at the club, especially the fans, but unfortunately in light of everything that’s happened this has now been seriously affected,” he added.

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