Up to date: December 23, 2017 6:12 pm
Southampton haven’t held talks with Premier League leaders Manchester Metropolis concerning the switch of Dutch defender Virgil van Dijk, supervisor Mauricio Pellegrino has confirmed. British media experiences have stated Metropolis have begun negotiations with Southampton to take the highly effective defender to the Etihad Stadium within the January switch window.
“I was with (Southampton vice-chairman) Les Reed talking about that but nobody knows about that,” Pellegrino stated. “I know Virgil is an important player and around him will be a lot of speculation like other important players in the squad. I cannot control this and I don’t want to talk about it.”
Van Dijk, who has made 12 league begins for Southampton, was needed by a number of Premier League golf equipment, together with Liverpool, who have been pressured to make a public apology after being accused of creating an unlawful method for the participant within the shut season.
Pellegrino believes the extraordinary hypothesis surrounding Van Dijk’s future just isn’t more likely to have an effect on the participant. “In the past when I was a player I didn’t have the same name as Virgil in the media, but when you hear something that another club wants you it increases the confidence.” Southampton face 11th-placed Huddersfield City on Saturday.