Manager sends advice to 26-year-old defender about Liverpool reports

Netherlands manager Dick Advocaat defends Virgil van Dijk for wanting to move to a top club this summer

Southampton defender Virgil van Dijk Photo: Football.ru / Wikimedia

Dick Advocaat doesn’t believe Virgil van Dijk deserves to be criticised for wanting to move to a top club this summer.

The Southampton defender’s future has been a regular source of speculation throughout the summer transfer window.

Liverpool were thought to be closing in on a deal to sign the Netherlands international before Southampton reported the Reds to the Premier League over their pursuit of Van Dijk.

The Merseyside outfit looked to remedy the situation with a statement apologising to Southampton and ending their interest in the former Celtic defender.

However, the Van Dijk transfer saga has refused to go away as the 26-year-old trains alone despite Southampton starting the new Premier League campaign in seven days.

Now Van Dijk’s national team manager Advocaat has weighed into the debate and has defended the centre-half over his desire to move to a top club such as Liverpool.

“You can condemn it, but come on, if you can earn five times as much at a top English club, then I understand you’re going to take action,” Advocaat is quoted as saying by the Daily Mail.

The latest reports suggest Chelsea could look to capitalise on Liverpool’s poor relations with Southampton and sign the Dutch centre-half before deadline day.

The Blues have already signed AS Roma defender Antonio Rudiger in a £34m deal in the summer transfer window.

However, Antonio Conte will still be worried that he is lacking defensive leadership given John Terry left the Premier League champions this summer.

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