Southampton determined to keep van Dijk and plan to reintegrate him in squad

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Virgil van Dijk in action for Southampton in the Europa League. SOUTHAMPTON, United Kingdom.

Southampton are hoping to reintegrate Virgil van Dijk into training when they return to England next week with Mauricio Pellegrino to tell his captain he’s not for sale.

Earlier today, Mailsport reported that Southampton that will target Kevin Wimmer if they lose Virgil van Dijk this summer.

While this could eventually be the case, Jeremy Wilson reports for the Telegraph that Saints plan on reintegrating van Dijk into training next week.

Currently on tour without their captain in France, Southampton “remain confident that Van Dijk will accept the situation.

Wilson writes that Saints’ “new board of directors remain adamant that this will be the first summer since the departure of former chairman Nicola Cortese in 2014 in which they will not make major sales.”

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In recent seasons, Southampton have sold the likes of Sadio Mané, Nathaniel Clyne and Adam Lallana to Liverpool and the south coast club is determined to stop the steady flow of players to Merseyside.

The statement that Southampton is looking to make extends to any team seeking to sign their players as they look to assert themselves on the Premier League but have been unable to due to the fact that their best players have departed summer after summer.

Ryan Bertrand has been linked with a move to Manchester United and Chelsea but is not for sale either.

While no-one expects van Dijk to stay at Southampton past next summer, it is conceivable that the Dutchman is forced into staying one more season given that he still has five years left on a six-year contract.

Virgil van Dijk against Arsenal in the Premier League. LONDON, United Kingdom.
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Signing van Dijk is Liverpool’s highest priority and conversely, missing out on him is their worst nightmare.

Although starting the first few games of the 2017/18 Premier League season with Dejan Lovren isn’t the end of the world, Liverpool cannot afford to go the entire season without adding a new centre half of van Dijk’s calibre – of which many don’t exist.

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Michael Mongie
Just like you, I am a hugely passionate Liverpool supporter. I started Rousing the Kop in January 2015 and since then it has grown tremendously and has even been nominated as 'Best New Football Blog' in the Football Blogging Awards.

7 COMMENTS

  1. What Southampton want and what they get is entirely different. Van Diijk wants out and if he’s forced to stay, his performances won’t be anywhere near the level he is capable. I’ve no doubt he’ll be coming.

    • Southampton, over the years, have sold a lot of players to lots of different teams.
      Infact some like Fonte (who was also captain at one point), have left Saints to be at West Ham. Maybe your management needs to look inwards instead of blaming Liverpool.
      Moreover, it’s not as if we didn’t pay for the players we bought. We gave handsome money and I even remember Saints fans laughing at the money bring paid for Lovren. Nor are we asking you to sell VVD for paltry money.
      Everyone has a sell on value whether it’s VVD or Coutinho..

  2. Morgan schneiderlin was told to stay for 1 more season and played his socks off , VVD does not hold all the cards and if the club state again that he is not for sale then he will have to knuckle down for at least 1 more season.

  3. Fonte was not offered a new contract he didn’t want to leave why would he ? Saints always finish above West Ham. Whilst I appreciate that we have sold a lot of players in the past I sense there is a change of stance now. The
    Management have been saying for about a year now that we no longer need or want to sell our star players and I hope they stick to this. Us fans are sick of it and it’s beginning to effect season tkt sales and I think management realise this. Fair play to Saints for standing their ground on VVD after he was tapped up after signing a six year contract.. He’ll soon realise he won’t be sold and needs to knuckle down if he wants his World Cup place .

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