Southampton boss Pellegrino gives Virgil van Dijk update

Date published: Thursday 3rd August 2017 8:04

Southampton boss Mauricio Pellegrino says Virgil van Dijk’s stance has not changed and the defender still wants out of the south-coast club.

Van Dijk is training on his own and has not been reintegrated into the Saints squad since their tour of France last month.

He was missing from Saints’ 4-0 home defeat by Augsburg last night and his situation remains the same – he is holding out for a move to Liverpool.

“We continue in the same way,” said Pellegrino, when asked if the club’s positive had changed.

“The situation is the same. I can’t say no more, because the situation is the boy is aside of the team because he don’t want to play for us. 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 don’t want to be part of the team.

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

The former Celtic defender looks to be making his position at Saints all but untenable in the hope that the club will be forced to sell him.

And the new Southampton boss may have to make a big decision regarding the Dutch defender very soon – keep an unhappy player or sell to the highest bidder.

Jurgen Klopp has been chasing the 26-year-old centre-back all summer, but was initially forced to back off after Saints threaten the Reds over making an illegal approach.


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