Southampton defender Virgil van Dijk has handed in a formal transfer request as he looks to force a move.
He has been linked with a number of Premier League clubs this summer, most strongly with Liverpool and Chelsea, while Man City and Arsenal have also show interest.
A statement from the defender reads:
“It is with regret that I can confirm that I have today handed in a transfer request to leave Southampton,”
“Unfortunately I feel I have no alternative after I was given notice of the club’s intention to impose a disciplinary sanction against me of a fine equivalent to 2 weeks wages.
“I will be appealing what I feel to be an unjustified sanction and their inability to follow the correct disciplinary protocol in due course.
“Over the past six months I have held numerous discussions with representatives of the board, the former manager Claude Puel as well as the new manager Mauricio Pellegrino to inform them all of my desire to leave the club in search of a new challenge.
“I am incredibly ambitious and want to achieve as much as I possible can to fulfil my potential in what is a very short career as a professional footballer. I want to play European football again and challenge for major honours and as such I would like Southampton to condor the interest in me from top clubs should it still exist.”
“I have been left frustrated by the club’s position that I am not for sale and am disappointed that enquiries from multiple top clubs have been consistently rebuffed.”
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