SOUTHAMPTON boss Mauricio Pellegrino has admitted he’s uncertain whether or not Virgil van Dijk will keep on the membership past January.
The 26-year-old was unsuccessful in securing a transfer away from St Mary’s in the summertime, and was an unused substitute in the course of the 1-Zero loss in opposition to Chelsea on Saturday.
This had led hypothesis that the Dutch centre-back might be leaving within the winter switch window, with Pellegrino failing to rule out a transfer away.
Talking after the Blues defeat, he stated: “Virgil is a vital participant. “I can not management the market. I am not the proprietor of the participant.
“II can have my opinion and this I’ve give to the technical director, to the chairman, my opinion.
“After the board can determine altogether which is the very best for the workforce.”
Liverpool, Manchester Metropolis and Chelsea have been all eager on securing his providers earlier than the window closed, however have been all postpone by the £70million asking worth.
And Antonio Conte fuelled rumours that he might launch a bid for the ex-Celtic star subsequent month, after he expressed his admiration for the defender.
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The Italian stated: “He is a extremely good participant. He had a foul [knee] damage, however I feel he recovered very properly. I want him the very best.”
And when Pellegrino was requested whether or not they might but once more hold maintain of their prized asset, he admitted it isn’t as much as him.
He added: “I can not management this. I’ll suggest to attempt to hold our greatest participant right here within the membership.
“The membership was clear to start with and I lend a hand.”
Southampton have struggled in current weeks – their loss in opposition to Chelsea was the fifth sport in a row they’ve didn’t win within the Premier League.
The Saints sit 12th within the desk, and face Huddersfield, Tottenham and Manchester United of their subsequent three video games.