Southampton boss Mauricio Pellegrino issues update on Virgil van Dijk’s future

During the Emirates FA Cup Third Round match between Norwich City and Southampton at Carrow Road on January 7, 2017 in Norwich, England.
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Mauricio Pellegrino has admitted that Virgil van Dijk wants to leave and that the situation hasn’t changed as far as the Dutchman being isolated from the rest of the Southampton team is concerned.

Liverpool’s pursuit of Virgil van Dijk looks set to drag on well into late August with any and all progress in the transfer saga being made at the rate of a snail’s pace.

The Dutchman was ordered to train alone two weeks ago and yet Liverpool have still not yet been able to use that to their advantage as van Dijk remains a Southampton player.

And, according to the Liverpool Echo, Southampton still remain hopeful of clinging onto their captain and best player this summer.

When asked if van Dijk would be returning to training and would be eligible for selection, Mauricio Pellegrino admitted that the 26-year-old doesn’t want to play for the club but that he will try and change his mind.

Pellegrino said: “I would like to bring the boy and to persuade him that he’s important for us and the club will not sell him.

“We are expecting the best for everyone, even for Virgil, but he doesn’t want to be part of the team.

“This is the reason he is aside from the team.”

Although Liverpool will be paying close attention to any developments, they will not approach Southampton unless they are given the green light to do business.

After being reported to the Premier League in June by Southampton for “tapping up”, the Reds are keen to avoid landing themselves in any more hot water.

Although van Dijk has caused quite a stir with his actions, Pellegrino admits that Saints’ stance on the situation is yet to change.

He added: “We continue in the same way. The situation is the same.

“I can’t say no more, because the situation is the boy is aside of the team because he doesn’t want to play for us.”

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.


  1. I think it’s time Southampton sold Virgil. He’s a great player and is huge for our team, but if he doesn’t want to play for the club, what use is he to us?

    I say, sell for £65 mill and then reinvest and move on.

  2. Gerald, have you even read the article or followed the story? Liverpool are not going to make an approach until the player is “for sale”! They are on a yellow card from the FA for operating illegally as it is. All the time Saints say he isn’t for sale, nothing will happen.

    I say keep him in the reserves and tell him he can go on the market in 24 months time. Who will want him then will depend on his attitude. The club is well financed and should make a stand on this one petulant child to stop it happening again and again.

  3. Yeah Gerald…derrr…The FA have advised Liverpool that they need to restrict their tactics to getting “Legends” to VVD to go on strike. It’s not until Saints are broken down by Jamie’s incessant onslaught of barely legible ramblings and approach Liverpool with an amount they can afford that VVD will get his dream move to Barcelona B.

    Am I bitter, yes. Why, because football has been robbed from normal people. £200m Naymar to PSG, 120m Coutinio to Barca, 70m VVD to Liverpool. £600+ Season tickets to watch out local teams improve every other european national side.


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