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 issues Van Dijk warning

  Pellegrino issues Van Dijk warning Following his transfer request, Virgil van Dijk will miss Southampton's Premier League opener to Swansea City.Amid growing speculation over captain Virgil van Dijk's desire to leave, Southampton boss Mauricio Pellegrino has insisted no player is bigger than the team.

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".

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.

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."

Van Dijk hands in transfer request to Southampton .
Virgil van Dijk has handed in a transfer request to Southampton. The Dutch defender, 26, who joined the club from Celtic in 2015 and is a long-term transfer target for Liverpool, insists he is acting having had "numerous" discussions during the past six months about his wish to leave.In a statement released by his management company he also said that he intended to appeal against a club fine of two weeks' wages, that his desire to leave owes to his ambition, and that enquiries from "multiple top clubs have been consistently rebuffed".


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