Sport 'Virgil is an important part of the club' - Pellegrino hoping Van Dijk can be reintegrated with Saints

00:06  13 august  2017
00:06  13 august  2017 Source:

Pellegrino reiterates his desire to keep Van Dijk

  Pellegrino reiterates his desire to keep Van Dijk Southampton manager Mauricio Pellegrino has reiterated his desire to keep hold of his side’s team captain Virgil van Dijk. The Dutchman has been excluded from training for some time now, with him having refused to play in Saints’ pre-season games. Van Dijk is keen to leave the club amid interest from Liverpool and will be hoping to secure a move away by the end of the transfer window. Pellegrino has been in charge for just four friendlies so far as Saints boss but has had to delicately deal with the situation surrounding the 26-year-old. The former Alaves boss has previously stated that the board assured him that no key player would be sold – and this includes Van Dijk. As quoted by the Independent, Pellegrino reaffirmed his stance on the wantaway Dutchman’s wish to leave: “The situation is the same. I can’t say no more, because the situation is the boy is aside of the team because he doesn’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 doesn’t want to be part of the team.” Pellegrino will hope to keep hold of Van Dijk beyond this month and have him available for the season ahead.

In his first interview since taking over at Southampton, Pellegrino has reiterated the club ’s stance that Van Dijk will not be sold this summer and says that he hopes the 26-year-old will be reintegrated into the squad once he accepts the situation.

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.

Virgil van Dijk Southampton © Provided by Goal Virgil van Dijk Southampton

Mauricio Pellegrino hopes the Virgil van Dijk transfer saga will have a happy ending for Southampton, despite the Dutch defender handing in a transfer request.

Van Dijk was heavily linked with a move to Liverpool earlier in the transfer window, but the Anfield outlet dropped their interest and apologised after being accused of allegedly tapping up the 26-year-old.

However, the rumours have failed to disappear and Van Dijk looked to try and force a move away in a statement ahead of the new Premier League season.

The defender said he was left with "no alternative" after being fined two weeks' wages by the club and seeing "enquiries from multiple top clubs consistently rebuffed".

Klopp hints that Liverpool may not move for Van Dijk

  Klopp hints that Liverpool may not move for Van Dijk Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has hinted that the club may not end up moving for Virgil van Dijk this summer. Quoted by the Liverpool Echo today, the German tactician stated that he was happy with the central defensive options at his disposal, despite the clear interest in signing Van Dijk from Saints. “We have four (centre-backs). I don’t think we need more. Joe (Gomez) is in a really good way but it was not his day (against Athletic Bilbao). He made his life difficult with a few passes but things like this happen.” “In the moment I’m fine. We are open until the 31st (of August). We cannot force the things and we would never get a centre-back just because. Look out there and tell me five that would make us stronger, five. Then you win a prize! It’s difficult how it is.” “I’m happy. You can imagine we still work on different things and we will see if it works.” Southampton have maintained their stance over the Van Dijk situation, and have persistently stated that he is not for sale this summer. Liverpool allegedly met with Van Dijk during the season and agreed personal terms with him, as a move this summer looked likely. However, Saints were not aware of this, and they therefore threatened legal action regarding a tapping-up allegation. However, Liverpool apologised and despite Saints withdrawing their complaint, appear to be treading on thin ice in terms of negotiations. Van Dijk is a target for Chelsea, too. He has not been in action during pre-season after reiterating to Mauricio Pellegrino that he wants to leave, but could be forced to get back into the swing of things on the south coast if no club officially comes in for him this summer. For now, though, it looks as though Jurgen Klopp isn’t too fussed on landing Van Dijk from Saints – because he’s happy with the defenders he’s got.

Virgil van Dijk has in effect gone on strike at Southampton in an attempt to force a transfer, according to Mauricio Pellegrino . He hopes that Van Dijk can be reintegrated but he did admit that he did not know how long the current situation could go on.

Southampton boss Pellegrino remains far more upbeat about his unsettled star’s potential future at the club however, continuing to insist there is a way for Van Dijk to reintegrate “I think all of us at the club , the technical director, me as a manager, we know that Virgil is an important part of the club .

Van Dijk did not feature under new boss Pellegrino throughout pre-season and was again absent as the Saints opened their Premier League campaign with a 0-0 draw with Swansea City at St Mary's Stadium.

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Speaking after the draw Pellegrino talked of his hope that a resolution could be found that would see Van Dijk reintegrated with his squad in the coming weeks.

"When you are outside the team you have to be behind them, supporting them," said Pellegrino.

"Hopefully he can change his point of view to be with us in the next few weeks. I've talked with him twice, and the club was clear with him.

"I think all of us at the club, the technical director, me as a manager, we know that Virgil is an important part of the club.

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"But we need him in another way, not like the way he is right now."

He added: "I can't manage all the situations like some players being outside the team, it's not my responsibility.

"But it's a pity because the people deserve to see the best players in the pitch. It happens and we have to keep going."

Lazio confirm Hoedt will join Saints .
Lazio sporting director Ighli Tare has confirmed that Wesley Hoedt will be joining Southampton. Sky sources reported last week that the Saints were in advanced talks to sign the 23-year-old Netherlands international centre-back.Sky in Italy believe the south-coast club offered an initial £15.5m but are now reporting the final deal is worth £17m.Tare told Italian broadcaster Premium Sport: "He requested to be transferred. He wants to be a starter in England and will be transferred to Southampton in the near future."He has had a positive experience here in Rome. I wish him all the best.


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