Virgil van Dijk has admitted that he has no regrets regarding this summer’s transfer saga, and still hopes he can secure a transfer away from Southampton in January.
Van Dijk was one of the biggest transfer stories of the summer, with Liverpool, Arsenal, Manchester City and Chelsea all being linked with making a move for the Dutch defender.
It is believed that the player’s personal preference was to join Liverpool, although Merseyside club had to end their interest after Southampton reported them for making an illegal approach for their player.
Van Dijk was excluded from Southampton’s preseason training camp and the club’s opening Premier League games, while also being forced to train with the reserves as he was not in the right state of mind.
A move never materialised, and he has now been reintegrated into the Southampton first team, but the player has admitted he still hopes to leave the club.
Speaking after joining up with Holland for international duty, Van Dijk told FOX Sports:
“I have no regrets.
“Of course, I wanted to go one step up, but eventually Southampton did not want to let me go, but you’re a professional, so now I’ll give everything to the club.
“Halfway through the season, maybe we can see what’s possible.”