Van Dijk: I’ve learned so much more at Southampton

Date published: Wednesday 7th October 2015 9:34

Virgil van Dijk: Defender not interested in Bournemouth rivalry

Virgil van Dijk says he has learned “much more” in five games at Southampton than he did in his previous years with Celtic and Groningen.

Van Dijk has enjoyed a hugely successful start to life on the south coast, helping Southampton to four wins and a draw since his £11.5million move from Celtic in the summer.

The Dutchman says he has had to quickly adapt to the pace of the Premier League compared to the Scottish Premiership, but he already feels a better player for it.

Van Dijk told NU Sport: “I’ve been in five games at Southampton learned and have much more than in the previous years, so I’m definitely going forward as a football player.

“The game is much faster in England than in Scotland.

“The midfield is sometimes like pinball, I had to get used to it.”

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