According to an interview he did with Fox Sports in the Netherlands, via Sky Sports, Southampton defender Virgil van Dijk has hinted that he hopes he will be allowed to leave the club during the January transfer window, in a move which has angered Saints fans.
The centre-back wanted to make his exit in the summer after handing in a transfer request, but no move materialised and he made his first start for the club since January when he lined up against Stoke City at the weekend, having been on the sidelines for around eight months through injury.
With just under five years still left on his contract though, it is unclear whether the south coast outfit will be willing to listen to sell the player in the New Year.
Van Dijk said: “Of course, I wanted to make a step up, but Southampton did not want me to sell me, but you’re a professional, so now I’ll give everything to the club.
“Halfway through the season, maybe we can see what’s possible.”
Southampton supporters were quick to have their say on the Dutchman’s latest comments via social media, and while some said it ‘magnifies his lack of class’, others believe the club “should have got rid in the summer”.
Here is just a selection of the Twitter reaction…
Let him go . Fed up with him . Get as much money as we can . That is the important thing
— edwina carter (@edwina1945) October 3, 2017
Why are we still playing this snake
— crowley (@LewisCrowley1) October 3, 2017
— Fresh Saints (@FreshSaints) October 3, 2017
Sick of the Van-Dijk-to-Liverpool saga. Stick him back to isolated training, & get rid of him in January (to anyone but Liverpool) #SaintsFC
— Paul Hayter (@PaulMHayter) October 3, 2017
Van Dijk is Dutch. Bluntness is a Dutch cultural trait. Even so his complete lack of regard for our club is disappointing. #saintsfc
— Chris Rann (@crstig) October 3, 2017
The boy has learnt nothing. His advisers are equally misguided. Here we go again. I'd stick him back in the U21's.
— Julian Hood (@harvey_hood) October 3, 2017
— Claire Price (@clairep1310) October 3, 2017
VVD – Bad egg and poisonous to any togetherness or team spirit that we try to build… get rid asap, just don't sell to Liverpool! #saintsfc
— Matthew Winchcombe (@mwinchy13) October 4, 2017
— Rob Caustick (@robbo9c) October 3, 2017
Yesterday we were celebrating a #saintsfc legend. Today we're reading this crap. It's a contrast which only magnifies VVD's lack of class.
— Lucy Highnett (@lucyhighnett) October 3, 2017