Virgil van Dijk’s Southampton team-mate Jan Bednarek has spoken out on the transfer saga, insisting that the defender’s problem is not that of the team. 

The Virgil van Dijk saga took another twist when the Dutch defender handed in a formal, written transfer request on Monday, prompting many to theorise that there is no way Southampton can continue to keep the centre back against his wishes.

The former Celtic defender revealed in his written request to leave the club, that he was frustrated at being made to look a villain by the Saints, who had supposedly leaked private conversations to the media and vented his disappointment that numerous enquiries from “top clubs” had been turned down.

Adam Leitch of the Daily Echo claimed this morning that there would be “no way back” for the defender and that any chance of being reintegrated into the first-team setup “is gone.”

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Southampton’s hierarchy is still remaining adamant that they will not sell the player and would bizarrely be fine to sacrifice a £60m+ pay day to let him rot in the stands for the next 12 months if it comes to that.

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When it comes to his teammates, however, they’re just getting about business as usual and refusing to get caught up in it.

“It’s Virgil’s own situation,” said fellow defender Jan Bednarek.

“We have to just focus on Saturday and that’s the most important thing. This is his own problem and we have to be separated from this, because we have an important game and for the team that’s the only important thing.

“We don’t think about this and don’t talk about it. It’s his problem and if he wanted our support we would do it.”

The defender’s comments are vague but suggest that while van Dijk remains at Southampton, his team-mates will continue to offer him their support but only, if it does not correlate directly with his wishes for a move to another club.

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