Dec 16, 2017 at 3pm UK at ​Stamford Bridge
Attendance: 41,562
Chelsea
1-0
Southampton
Alonso (45')
FT(HT: 1-0)

Antonio Conte: 'Virgil van Dijk is a really good player'

Conte: 'Van Dijk is a very good player'
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Chelsea manager Antonio Conte describes Virgil van Dijk as a "really good player" amid speculation that his side are interested in a January move for the Southampton man.

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has described Virgil van Dijk as a "really good player" amid speculation that his side are considering a January move for the Southampton defender.

Van Dijk was left on the bench for Southampton's visit to Stamford Bridge this afternoon as Chelsea edged to a 1-0 win over the Saints, once again raising questions over his future at the club.

The Dutch centre-back failed in an attempt to engineer a move away from St Mary's during the summer, but Southampton boss Mauricio Pellegrino has refused to rule out the possibility of a January exit with Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester City thought to be amongst the interested parties.

"He's a really good player. He had a bad [knee] injury, but I think he recovered very well. I wish him the best," Conte told reporters when questioned over Van Dijk after Saturday's match.

Southampton are expected to hold out for a bid of more than £70m before they consider selling Van Dijk next month.

Virgil van Dijk is loving life after the Premier League game between Crystal Palace and Southampton on September 16, 2017
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