Tuesday, 22 September, 2020

Virgil van Dijk: Southampton directors 'want to keep' captain

Claude Puel Virgil van Dijk: Southampton directors 'want to keep' captain
Vera Richards | 09 May, 2017, 04:10

After a highlight-reel season in England's top flight, Van Dijk's term was interrupted by a foot ligament injury in January, a blow that looks likely to put an end to his 2016-17 campaign. "He has a long contract and I think the directors want to keep him", said the manager.

But while the spate of reports surrounding Van Dijk suggests his departure is practically a foregone conclusion - one outlet even claimed he had been house hunting in Liverpool - Puel is adamant Southampton will not entertain any offers. He is important for us.

"He's important for us and now, of course, we will wait to the beginning of the season to see him on the pitch with Southampton".

The former Celtic defender is the latest Southampton player to be linked with a big money move away from St Mary's, with Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester City all having been linked in recent weeks.

"It was a bad injury for him and for us", said Puel. "Now it's okay. The surgery is finished, he can work normally, he can start on the gym work for the re-education to come back ready for the next season with us".

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Puel also hopes striker Charlie Austin, who has been out of action since December with a shoulder injury, will be back in action this season after playing for the under-23s last week.

"I've been surprised to see these reports (about his future), because it seems for me it has been an interesting season with many games".

"With Charlie, four or five months without a game means the intensity is very hard".

"He has worked very well. He is our team captain and we don't see him anywhere else than in red and white stripes".

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