Virgil van Dijk is still determined to move out from Southampton this January buy it is still uncertain if his club would let him go.
The Southampton defender already handed his transfer request last summer which could have secured the move away from the south coast that the player wanted. But the Saints refused to sell him and insisted that he stayed with them.
Van Dijk had his first start with the club in more than eight months against Stoke City on Saturday after his long absence because of an injury. He also trained with the Under-23 side.
“I’m not sorry for anything. Of course, I wanted to make a step up, but Southampton did not want me to sell me, but you’re a professional, so now I’ll give everything to the club,” Van Dijk said.
“Halfway through the season, maybe we can see what’s possible.”
Fans may react negatively with the 26-year-old’s statement and what he did during the summer transfer window which gives more reasons for Southampton to just sell the player.
His latest comments may just worsen his already strained relationship with the fans and his complete disrespect that he has shown for the club who gave him the opportunity to play. It would be better for Southampton to just release him and get a player that wants to represent them.
Also, Van Dijk can now be replaced as Jack Stephens and Maya Yoshida and the summer addition of Wesley Hoedt from Lazio means that the squad have choices for the centre-back position.
Selling Van Dijk in January would also mean a lot of money for the club since they can get a fee of around £60 million from him or even more. The money that they can get from him could also bring in three or four players to help strengthen the squad.
So if Virgil van Dijk still wants to leave Southampton, then better if the club considers while there are a lot of advantages to gain.