Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Saints Chief Won't Rule out Van Dijk Departure

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Saints Chief Won't Rule out Van Dijk Departure

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SOUTHAMPTON chairman Ralph Krueger has insisted that Virgil van Dijk will not be sold but stopped short of categorically ruling out a deal.

The club's captain has handed in a transfer request in a bid to force a move, and City were interested earlier this summer before deeming the price to be too high.

Pep Guardiola is still in the market for a centre-back but may have to look elsewhere.

"Virgil is not the only player that is involved in this - he is part of the whole strategy of not selling," Kruger told the Daily Echo.

"Nobody is for sale that we don't want to sell and so he is not for sale in this window. We have said it more than once.

"We are not done with the window yet. We are still looking at some options. I am not going to promise anything. It has got to be something that truly strengthens the squad and fits into our group. …

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