Virgil van Dijk discusses his future amid Liverpool, Man United link

The Southampton defender has ambitious plans for his future

Virgil van Dijk has offered Liverpool and Manchester United some hope of securing the centre-half’s signature in the January transfer window after the Southampton star appeared to hint at a future away from St Mary’s.

The Netherlands international has quickly established himself as one of the Premier League’s leading defenders since his move to the Saints from Scottish Premier League champions Celtic in 2015.

Only Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur have conceded less goals than Southampton in the Premier League this season as Van Dijk continues to excel alongside European championship winner Jose Fonte.

Van Dijk has been linked with a move to Liverpool at various points throughout the current campaign amid continued questions aimed at Jurgen Klopp’s defence.

Manchester United have been touted as another potential destination for the Dutch centre-half as Jose Mourinho looks to bolster his defensive options.

While Van Dijk says he is happy at Southampton, the Netherlands international has made no secret of his desire to test himself against Europe’s elite in the future.

“Everyone says that at 25, the best years are still to come but I am enjoying every bit of it now,” Van Dijk told The Times.

“Southampton is a very good club for me, it is an amazing place to be and I am happy to be part of the success.

“Every player in the world has ambitions; I have ambitions like everyone else. I want to get the maximum out of myself as a player. I can improve in every aspect and that takes time. That takes games. That takes playing at the highest level and with the national team.

“The figures you mention about me? I cannot do anything about that. That is football these days. But I don’t feel the pressure – no chance.”

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