According to an interview he has done with Dutch media outlet De Telegraaf, Southampton defender Virgil van Dijk believes his comments earlier this week about looking to secure a move away from the club in the January transfer window came as a result of his words being twisted.
Well, Netherlands televison network Fox Sports, via Sky Sports, claimed earlier this week that Van Dijk had said that a move away in the New Year could be “possible” after he failed to secure his exit during the summer when the south coast outfit refused to sell him, despite the fact that he handed in a transfer request.
The Dutchman is reported to have said: “I’m not sorry for anything. 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.”
However, the 26-year-old has denied making those comments and has hit back during an interview with De Telegraaf.
The Netherlands international said: “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 spoilt brat who was only busy looking at options to make a transfer in winter, but I’m not. It was 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.”
It will likely be a mixed reaction from the supporters, as it has been on his return to first team action.
While some will accept that comments and quotes can be taken out of context by the media, others will believe that he shouldn’t have been talking about his future in the first place after the way he acted during the summer and the fact that he has only just made his first start for the club following the saga and a long injury lay-off.
Well, Van Dijk will continue to be a key player for Southampton at least until the January transfer window, but you would expect the transfer rumours to continue over the next few months – especially with Liverpool looking to be in desperate need of signing a centre-back.