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Celic defender Virgil van Dijk refutes transfer request rumours

Celtic defender Virgil van Dijk plays down reports that he asked to leave the club.

Celtic defender Virgil van Dijk has refuted reports that he handed in a transfer request this summer.

The Dutchman, who was targeted by Southampton during the summer transfer window, insists that he is happy with the Scottish champions.

"It's a compliment for me that the club wanted me to stay but I didn't say literally I want to leave. Never," Van Dijk told the Daily Record.

"If there was a chance to go and play Champions League somewhere else at that moment and it was a step forward then I might have considered it.

"But I never said, 'I want to leave now'. I am focused on Celtic and I am happy here."

However, Van Dijk was non-committal when asked whether he will still be at Celtic at the end of the season.


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