Fabrizio Romano has provided another exciting update regarding the contract situation concerning Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk.
The Italian journalist recently claimed that Liverpool and Jurgen Klopp were working on securing new deals for the likes of Van Dijk, Fabinho and Mohamed Salah.
Romano reported that the English champions were more concerned on deals for Van Dijk and Fabinho as opposed to the latter with all three aforementioned stars contracted at Anfield until 2023.
Now, the transfer specialist has provided a greater insight in regards to Van Dijk’s contractual situation.
In a report for CBS Sports, Romano confirmed that negotiations for the Netherland national team captain are due to commence in the coming months.
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This is excellent news for Liverpool supporters. Van Dijk hasn’t put pen-to-paper on a contract extension since he signed from Southampton in January 2018, after all.
The club’s intent to get a deal over the line in the coming months suggests that Liverpool could be confident that Van Dijk will return to action potentially quicker than first anticipated.
There was always the concern that such a devastating setback could have major long-term ramifications on the player’s career. However, in the case of Van Dijk, Liverpool are clearly confident such a scenario has been avoided.
Van Dijk – who earns £180,000 currently according to Spotrac – will be 30 come the beginning of the 2021/22 campaign. With that said, there is every hope he can still perform at the highest level for the next five to six years. Defenders mature and typically hit their peak older than other outfield players, after all.
As a result, Liverpool fans should rest easy for now. Romano’s update ensures that the Reds are confident that Van Dijk still has plenty to offer in the future.
His long-awaited return from injury cannot come soon enough.