Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

City Target Fails to Make Saints Squad to Fuel Talk of Switch

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

City Target Fails to Make Saints Squad to Fuel Talk of Switch

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MAURICIO Pellegrino increased speculation surrounding Virgil Van Dijk after leaving him out of the Southampton squad again.

City are interested in the central defender for a third successive transfer window, and Liverpool are also keen.

When Pellegrino left Van Dijk out for their 1-1 draw with Huddersfield before Christmas, he refused to confirm it was anything to do with the renewed interest but admitted that Saints fans might have seen the last of their player.

"I decide it is the best for this moment. This is the reason," he said.

"I am responsible to pick the 11 players and I try to pick the best for the team.

"I think around him will be a lot of speculation and we have to wait what happens."

City will be encouraged by the fact there was no sign of the player in the matchday squad for the Saints' game with Spurs on Boxing Day - the third successive match without Van Dijk on the pitch after he was an unused substitute against Chelsea. …

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