Van Dijk is told club are bigger than him

Hope Soto
August 14, 2017

Creating chances was not a problem but converting them was as Southampton and Swansea City played out a goalless Premier League draw.

The Dutch centre-back, who has been out of action since January due to a foot injury, recently handed in a transfer request after seeing his move to Liverpool blocked earlier in the summer.

Van Dijk has been training alone since informing Pellegrino that he wants to leave, but Southampton are adamant he will not be sold.

New Saints boss Pellegrino has inherited the club's latest transfer tug-of-war, and conceded that such scenarios are no good for the game.

'The decision was made between me, the player and the club that it was the wisest thing to do.

TEAMtalk reports that the Saints manager has said that the people who buy tickets deserve to see the best players on the field. "And we have to keep going".

Despite an encouraging performance, Southampton's goal drought at St Mary's climbed to 545 minutes - and they've not scored in the league in just over five hours.

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Swansea boss Clement admitted his side were fortunate to sneak a point, then admitted he hopes for a quick resolution over Sigurdsson.

Klopp will need to whip something up in the next 52 hours to ensure that his players defend better on Tuesday evening to go into the second leg of the playoff with a chance of qualifying for this season's Champions League.

Swansea, without the injured Fernando LLorente and the unsettled Gylfi Sigurdsson looked even more toothless. I want to do that kind of stuff in private until there's something certain.

Southampton boss Pellegrino remains far more upbeat about his unsettled star's potential future at the club however, continuing to insist there is a way for Van Dijk to reintegrate into Saints' side.

"When you play in some of those games, with the atmosphere and what's riding on them, there's big pressure - but it's enjoyable, " said Britton.

"Hopefully he can change his point of view to be with us in the next few weeks".

The new season offered little to be excited about from an attacking perspective as Swansea only managed two shots - neither on target - in the entire 90 minutes at St Mary's.

Other reports by MaliBehiribAe

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