Like Liverpool, like Southampton, the Saints are not ready to sell star defender and captain, Virgil van Dijk this summer.
Southampton chairman, Ralph Krueger has said that Virgil van Dijk is not for sale this window as keeping the defender is “the statement we need to make” at this juncture.
Van Dijk has been in the midst of transfer speculation all summer with Liverpool a strong contender to land the Dutchman, but despite the Kop’s bids, Southampton failed bow to their pressure.
Premier League champions, Chelsea were rumored to be interested as well but no bid was confirmed.
Van Dijk, 26, took matters into his own hand submitting a transfer request and had been training away from the team in a bid to force a move but the Saints chairman, Ralph Krueger told Press Association Sport that the defender is not going anywhere.
“Virgil is not for sale in this window and it’s not personal,” the chairman said, just days after the Gao family bought an 80 per cent stake in the club.
“It’s not about him, it’s about an overall much, much, much bigger picture – a change of course for Southampton.
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