In an interview with Dutch media outlet De Telegraaf, Southampton defender Virgil van Dijk has said that his comments about wanting to leave the club in January were “completely twisted” in another interview he did with Netherlands broadcaster Fox Sports earlier in the week, but Saints fans are still divided on the centre-back.
Fox Sports, via Sky Sports, claimed that Van Dijk had said a January move away from St Mary’s was “possible” following his failed transfer request during the summer, but the Netherlands international has hit back over the alleged quotes.
He told De Telegraaf: “I once felt at Celtic that my words were completely twisted. It’s annoying if something is misinterpreted, because people get a wrong picture of you.
“I came across as a spoiled brat who was only busy looking at options to make a transfer in winter, but I’m not. Those were not my words and I would never say that.
“My focus is entirely on Southampton, I work hard on training and competitions and have respect for the club after what happened last summer.”
Southampton supporters were quick to have to their say on his comments via social media, and they were divided with their opinions.
While some were “over the moon”, others believe “it’s all rather convenient” after the way he has behaved in the last few months.
Here is just a selection of the Twitter reaction…
Yeah right ……..oh wait ?
— Bridget Cannon (@CannonHaroak123) October 5, 2017
— Flonkey (@floppy_donkeys) October 5, 2017
— Lucy Holland ? (@LucyVHolland) October 5, 2017
It's all rather convenient, that's all. ?
— Lucy Highnett (@lucyhighnett) October 5, 2017
Whatever the truth, good to hear him finally do some ‘damage limitation’. From now on I’m happy to let him do his ‘talking on the pitch’…
— Danny Taggart (@DTaggart64) October 5, 2017