Despite the player handing in a transfer request, he has been told by the club he is not going anywhere.
Southampton keep their stance that they will not part ways with Virgil van Dijk. The player has been a subject of a lot of speculations this summer with Liverpool being his biggest admirer. The Netherlands international has been clear that he wants to leave the club and even submitted a transfer request. He has not been part of Southampton’s squad during the pre-season preparations and he even missed their first Premier League game.
Although van Dijk is doing all he can to force a move through, Krueger from Southampton insists otherwise.
“Our stance remains based on our strategy from May when we spoke last,” Krueger said to Southern Daily Echo.
“I already told you the numbers that we have transferred in and transferred out and it is time to stop that.
“We really thought this was a good summer for that. The strength of the contracts, age of the group and the experiences of last year, like going to a cup final [the EFL Cup], gave us the feeling this is a group that tasted winning and keeping them together would give us the chance to reach another level.
“Virgil is not the only player that is involved in this; he is part of the whole strategy of not selling. Nobody is for sale that we don’t want to sell, so he is not for sale in this window. We have said it more than once.”