Just days after winning the Champions League, it has been revealed that Virgil van Dijk has told Liverpool that he wants a new contract, according to ESPN.
The Dutchman was Liverpool’s best-performing player all season and such was his class throughout that it’s quite challenging to think of a game that he was poor in.
Lifting the European Cup just 18 months after signing for the club is hugely impressive and if reports are to be believed, he wants more of the same in coming years.
Melissa Reddy, a reliable Liverpool journalist, writes for ESPN that van Dijk has told the club that he wants a contract extension but it is by no means a snap decision.
Van Dijk and his agent Neil Fewings are “relaxed” about negotiations with Liverpool and are in no rush to get a deal hashed out as there is a belief that it will happen naturally with no real fuss.
The Dutchman is already the club’s highest earner, taking home £180,000 every week and, with the former Southampton skipper heading into the prime years of his career, it seems as though he wants to dedicate his best years to Liverpool.
Van Dijk was named PFA Player of the Year this season and is likely to be on the Balon d’Or podium come the end of the season but the man himself has said that Lionel Messi should win the award ahead of him.
Liverpool’s devotion to keeping their best players at the club is sure to see even more trophies won in future seasons, with the Premier League title now the main focus heading into the 2019/20 campaign.