Van Dijk wants to stay at Southampton
Liverpool and Manchester City target Virgil van Dijk is set to snub both clubs and stay at Southampton.
The £50million-rated defender was expected to quit St. Mary’s this summer for one of the Premier League or European big boys.
But Southampton are now becoming increasingly confident that they can keep hold of their star centre-back and newly-appointed captain following the departure of Jose Fonte to West Ham.
A source said: “When Virgil took the captaincy it was on the understanding he would lead the team until the end of next season as a minimum.
“He has a long-term contract and is settled at the club.”
Van Dijk has earned his admirers in the Premier League since joining Southampton from Celtic, for £13million in September 2015.
The Dutchman signed a new six-year contract in May last year, which Saints insist has no release clause.
By Ben Kelly – @benkelly_10