Southampton has ruled out any plans or interests of other clubs in purchasing any of their key players, and is affirming that none of their players would leave the club.
Liverpool and Chelsea were formerly interested in acquiring Virgil van Dijk but Southampton has ruled out his departure from the club and is confident that he would stay with them into the new season.
Executive director of the south coast club, Les Reed made this revelation recently especially concerning van Dijk who since the turn of the year, has been consistently linked with a move away from the club.
Earlier this month, van Dijk was in the centre of a controversial pursuit by Liverpool. He had met with the manager of the Anfield club side, Jürgen Klopp to hold discussions in lieu a prospective transfer.
This was done without any official approach to Southampton by Liverpool for the services of the player.
Southampton felt aggrieved and consequently took it up filing a complaint to the Premier League. Thus Liverpool was forced to apologize for “any misunderstanding” before withdrawing their interest from the player.
Reed has now stated unequivocally that no player would be leaving the club during the current transfer window.
Speaking to Sky Sports, Reed said;
“None of those players are for sale. I can’t make it any plainer than that and that’s the way we mean to go forward.
“We built this squad over some time and think we have a strong squad. We will fine-tune it but, other than that, we are looking forward to a very competitive season next year and we plan to go forward on that basis.”
Southampton recently appointed Mauricio Pellegrino as the new manager of the club. He takes over from Claude Puel on a three year contract after leaving Alaves.