Transfers Premier League’s biggest teams want ‘one of the best’ Van Dijk, says Pellegrino Chris Myson Last updated 2 years ago 19:31 17/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Transfers Liverpool Southampton Premier League Crystal Palace v Southampton The centre-back may be back in the fold at St Mary’s – but his manager doesn’t know how long that will be the case for Mauricio Pellegrino says Virgil van Dijk is being chased by the biggest teams in the Premier League and does not know if he will stay at the club in the January transfer window.The Southampton boss feels interest in the Netherlands international is normal given he is one of the best players in England’s top flight.Southampton 16/5 to beat Man Utd Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Defender Van Dijk made his Saints return as a late substitute in Saturday’s 1-0 away win over Crystal Palace, after handing in a transfer request last month in a bid to force an exit.That came after the centre-back was heavily linked with a move to Liverpool, whose interest ended with an apology after Southampton threatened to report them for allegedly making an illegal approach.”Around the player there is a lot of interest,” Pellegrino told reporters of Van Dijk. “You know how football is, it’s a big business as well as a game. We have to accept that. Around him it is the same situation. “We never know how the market will be in January. We can bring in some players, every single squad can improve. We have got people who are working to improve our squad all the time.”And for the other teams it’s the same. They will push to bring the best players and Virgil is one case. He’s one of the best players in the Premier League.”It’s normal that the biggest teams in the Premier League want to buy him.”Check out the best images from #SaintsFC’s 1-0 success at #CPFC in the #PL: https://t.co/OU6JxyaPsT pic.twitter.com/32RoIvvriv— Southampton FC (@SouthamptonFC) September 16, 2017For the time being, Pellegrino’s focus is limited to on-pitch events, with Saints sitting on eight points from their first five league games this season.He added: “Now we have to leave aside this situation. Now everything is normal.”Now, for me I’ve got this group of players and I will try to push them, to work with them, to help them, to improve every single day.” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web
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