Conte refuses to discuss Chelsea interest in 'really good player' Van Dijk

SOUTHAMPTON boss Mauricio Pellegrino has admitted he is unsure whether Virgil van Dijk will stay at the club beyond January.

Van Dijk had started Southampton's 11 games, after returning from long-term injury in September, but was dropped to the bench for their match at Chelsea on Saturday after some poor performances recently. Van Dijk was one of six Saints players to pay for the 4-1 thrashing at the hands of Leicester City.

"I will explain that they are human beings and don't have a good moment".

Speaking after the Blues defeat, he said: "Virgil is an important player".

Liverpool's chase of Dutch defender Van Dijk was one of the transfer stories of last summer.

"I can't control the market".

He said: 'As you know very well, I don't like to talk about players of the other team. Virgil Van Dijk is clearly a hugely talented player who would improve nearly any team on the planet but £70 million is a lot of money for a centre-back.

"Vincent is always injured, he fights a lot to be ready but sometimes he is not able to be fit consistently and we have just three central defenders in that moment for competition".

"II can have my opinion and this I have give to the technical director, to the chairman, my opinion".

"I'm not the owner of the player". After the board can decide altogether which is the best for the team.

Now, it seems that Southampton manager Mauricio Pellegrino will not rule out a departure for the player, who has also attracted the interest of Pep Guardiola, and thinks that while he wants to keep his best players, sometimes it's not possible. The club was clear about it in the beginning and I have the same opinion'.

  • Angelo Rivera