English Premiership

Van Dijk not ruling out January exit

2017-10-04 14:29
Virgil van Dijk (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Wantaway Southampton defender Virgil van Dijk admits he could still look to leave the club when the January transfer window opens.

The Netherlands international was heavily linked with a move to Anfield in the off-season before Liverpool cooled their interest after being accused of making an illegal approach.

Van Dijk even handed in a transfer request to help smooth the process, but the Saints held firm and refused to entertain offers for the sought-after centre-back.

After initially finding himself training with the club's development squad at the start of the season, the 26-year-old has been brought back into the first-team fold and made his first appearance under new Saints boss Mauricio Pellegrino as a substitute against Crystal Palace last week.

Van Dijk was called up to the Oranje squad for the World Cup qualifiers against Belarus and Sweden, and spoke to Fox Sports in his homeland about his current situation on the south coast.

"I'm glad I'm fit again and I can give up 100%," he said. "I'm not sorry for anything.

"Of course, I wanted to make a step up, but Southampton did not want me to sell me, but you're a professional, so now I'll give everything to the club.

"Halfway through the season, maybe we can see what's possible."

 

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