Antonio Conte won’t regret Chelsea missing out on Virgil van Dijk, claims ex-striker
Tony Gale doesn't believe Chelsea will rue missing out on the signing of Virgil van Dijk following his Liverpool FC switch
Tony Gale doesn’t believe Chelsea will regret not signing Liverpool FC defender Virgil van Dijk.
The defending Premier League champions were linked with a potential move to sign the Netherlands international over the past six months or so.
Southampton refused to sell the 26-year-old in the summer transfer window despite Van Dijk handing in a transfer request in August.
Liverpool FC managed to finally land their long-term target in a world record fee for a defender earlier in the January transfer window.
Chelsea and Manchester City were thought to be keen on Van Dijk but Jurgen Klopp’s persuasive powers secured their club record signing.
Conte signed German centre-half Antonio Rudiger in the summer, while Danish defender Andreas Christensen has been a revelation at Chelsea since his return from a two-season loan spell at Borussia Monchengladbach.
Former West Ham striker Gale is adamant that Chelsea won’t rue not signing Van Dijk.
“Time will tell but I don’t think [not signing Van Dijk will be] that costly because Chelsea as a unit are pretty solid,” Gale told Sky Sports News on Wednesday morning.
“Yes, the addition of one more may have been good but I don’t think they were as desperate as Liverpool for a defender. It’s an easier position to play at Chelsea than it is at Liverpool or Man City.”
Van Dijk scored on his Liverpool FC debut last week following the Dutch centre-half’s headed winner in a 2-1 win over Everton in the FA Cup third round at Anfield.
Chelsea are in third place in the Premier League table but 16 points adrift of runaway leaders Manchester City.