There was news over the weekend that Virgil van Dijk wants to leave Celtic and try his luck south of the border in the English Premier League, but Celtic are anxious to keep the talented 23 year-old Dutch defender at the club.
Virgil van Dijk – staying put?
The player has been unsettled at Celtic Park, with all the interest being shown in him by Premier League clubs including Newcastle, but new manager Ronny Deila insists he is not going anywhere today:
“He is a very important player for us and we have told him that there is no chance he is going to leave.” ‘He is too important to us, so there is no chance we will let him go during this window. We couldn’t replace him.”
“We talked about it. He wishes to get to a new stage. He is a young player and a young man and he will get many chances in his career.” “But now we need him here and he knows that and that is how it is going to be.”
“His girlfriend is also pregnant and due soon. So he hasn’t had the right focus, he wouldn’t have been 100 per cent today – that is why he didn’t play.”
“I think it’s no problem when we told him, but he needs a couple of days to get this out of his system, get thinking positively again.”
Celtic have every right to sell the player he has to stay at Celtic Park because he is under contract.
But Newcastle and other clubs have found it is difficult to keep players who want to leave, and we’ve had that experience with a number of our best players like Demba Ba, Yohan Cabaye and recently Mathieu Debuchy and they are at other clubs now.
It;s very difficult to keep them when they want to play elsewhere and see it as a big career opportunity.
We have no idea if Celtic can be persuaded to sell the Dutch U21 International today – but he would be a great signing for Newcastle – that’s for sure.
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