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Name Virgil van Dijk
Gender Male
Ethnic Dutch
Job Dutch Footballer

Affiliation

Org Dutch National Team
Club as Player Liverpool FC
  Southampton
  Celtic FC
  Groningen
2013 06
Van Dijk moved to Celtic FC for £2.6m from Groningen on a four-year deal

2015 08 26 Retrieve

[Virgil van Dijk considers future after Celtic’s Champions League defeat to Malmo] Celtic is an amazing club and I’m very thankful for everything. But if the right opportunity comes then I’ll consider it. It’s a terrible way [to go] if it ends like this but I have a lot of great memories at the club

[Quizzed about the link with Southampton] I think you need to ask the board. I don’t know what will happen in the coming days. I’ve not been talking to anyone. Now that qualification is over we will wait and see. I’m not looking for anything. It’s a great place to be and they gave me an opportunity to show myself, so I’m very thankful for that

[The Dutchman apologised to fans after a tame loss to Malmo, with Celtic having led 2-0 just 10 minutes into the first leg] We knew there was pressure before the game and we told each other to be calm, take your moments and just play our game because we are better than them but we didn’t show it. They got the belief after the first goal, which was a foul in my opinion. After that, we had trouble keeping the ball and simple things went wrong. I’m a winner. I want to win every game I play. But we were poor and there is no excuse

2015 09 01 Retrieve

[Virgil van Dijk leaves Celtic for Southampton] I would like to thank all the Celtic fans for the magnificent support they have given me during my time at the club. Celtic is a brilliant football club; it will always be in my heart and I will always be a Celtic supporter myself

I know Celtic did not want me to leave and wanted to extend my contract. The club did everything to keep me and I appreciate that but I felt the time was right for a new challenge in the English Premier League. I thank everyone at the club, the manager and all the staff and I wish Celtic and the fans the very best for the future

2017 01 31
Virgil van Dijk had a fracture of the malleolus [an injury to the soft part of the ankle] that led to him missing the remainder of the season

2017 08 08 Retrieve

[Virgil van Dijk says he has handed in a transfer request to leave Southampton] I am incredibly ambitious and want to achieve as much as I possibly can to fulfil my potential in what is a very short career as a professional footballer. I want to play European football again and challenge for major honors and as such I would like Southampton to consider the interest in me from top clubs should it still exist

I have been left frustrated by the club’s position that I am not for sale and am disappointed that enquiries from multiple top clubs have been consistently rebuffed

Over the past six months I have held numerous discussions with representatives of the board, the former manager Claude Puel as well as the new manager Mauricio Pellegrino to inform them all of my desire to leave the club in search of a new challenge. I have consistently relayed my feelings to senior management at Southampton in what I believed to be private and personal conversations.”Disappointingly, these conversations have regularly found their way into the media

2017 10 06 Retrieve

[Virgil van Dijk claims his interview with Dutch media were twisted by the English media] I have no regrets. Of course, I wanted to go one step up, but eventually Southampton did not want to let me go, 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

[In light of the negative backlash he has received, van Dijk told Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf that those words were taken out of context] 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

2017 08 08 Retrieve

[Virgil van Dijk says he has handed in a transfer request to leave Southampton] I am incredibly ambitious and want to achieve as much as I possibly can to fulfil my potential in what is a very short career as a professional footballer. I want to play European football again and challenge for major honors and as such I would like Southampton to consider the interest in me from top clubs should it still exist

I have been left frustrated by the club’s position that I am not for sale and am disappointed that enquiries from multiple top clubs have been consistently rebuffed

Over the past six months I have held numerous discussions with representatives of the board, the former manager Claude Puel as well as the new manager Mauricio Pellegrino to inform them all of my desire to leave the club in search of a new challenge. I have consistently relayed my feelings to senior management at Southampton in what I believed to be private and personal conversations.”Disappointingly, these conversations have regularly found their way into the media

2018 11 24 Retrieve

[Virgil van Dijk explaining why he embraced referee Ovidiu Hategan after the Netherlands 2-2 draw with Germany] He broke down, stood with tears in his eyes because he had just lost his mother. I wished him strength and said he had refereed well. It’s a small thing, but I hope it helped him

2019 08 17 Retrieve

[Virgil van Dijk speaking ahead of the UEFA Super Cup about the appointment of Stephanie Frappart, the first female referee to officiate a major men’s European match] I think gender is irrelevant. If the quality is there, and obviously it is there, because otherwise she wouldn’t get appointed for this game, then it doesn’t really matter. If you look at her CV as well, she had been doing so many good games and, you know, they made probably the right decision. And what I said before, gender doesn’t matter at all

2019 11 16 Retrieve

[Joe Gomez was involved in a bust-up with Raheem Sterling at Three Lions training on Monday and received the negative reaction from supporters after coming on as a substitute during the 7-0 win over Montenegro at Wembley on Thursday night] It’s disappointing to see [the Gomez booing]. I want to say as well it’s been dealt with. I think everyone should stop talking about it because it’s just a thing that happened. They all sorted it out. Everyone needs to move on, leave Joe especially alone. But yes, it was disappointing to see

[With Liverpool creating an eight-point lead at the top of the Premier League table ahead of Leicester City and Chelsea following the win over City, Van Dijk was asked about whether the Reds would end their 30-year wait for a league title] I’m not gonna say that [it feels like Liverpool’s year]. It’s something for the media. For players the main thing is we focus on the game ahead of us

For me personally it’s Northern Ireland, it’s a tough task. What happens with Liverpool in the future we’ll see, we have no influence on it, the season is so long. My focus is on the next game, at the moment that’s [with our] national teams

2019 12 03 Retrieve

[Virgil van Dijk talks about his season] It was an amazing year, but there’s a couple of players like that who are a bit unnatural. So you need to respect greatness as well. I was close, but there was just someone a little bit better. I’m very proud of what I achieved last year with Liverpool and Holland, and hopefully we can do that again this year. But that will be tough with those guys around here still

2019 12 05 Retrieve

[Virgil Van Dijk not worried over Liverpool’s lack of clean sheets] It doesn’t really matter but no one wants to concede goals even if you win the game. But I am not going to go to bed thinking ‘Oh s**t’ we conceded a goal. It is all about the team winning games. We want to win in the best way possible and obviously that is by not conceding but if we win it with conceding then everyone is still happy

We are in a good situation we can’t deny that but we are not there yet. We never are satisfied, especially when the season is not even halfway. We want to keep going and focus on the games ahead of us. So from now we will recover from this and be happy and fully prepare for Bournemouth at the weekend

The thing is we have to find a way to win every game we play whether it is with different players or different tactics we are always trying to find a way. The players who came into the team don’t play regularly at all. Look at Divock Origi, Xherdan Shaqiri, they did fantastic, we played Adam Lallan), Milly [James Milner], everyone is contributing and we need everyone

That is the key message and it is good. The season is very long, this month is very long – January as well – so the manager makes the decisions at the end of the day but we need everyone to be ready. We have a big squad and everyone is part of what is going on at the moment. Everyone is happy with the situation we are in. And everyone is also feeling responsible as well, ready to play or if you are on the bench. Everyone is part of the success we have and that is the message to everyone and so far, so good