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Virgil van Dijk warned by Southampton boss Mauricio Pellegrino: 'There isn't one player more important than the 11 players playing together'

August 11, 2017 10:29 PM
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Southampton's new manager Mauricio Pellegrino has warned mutinous captain Virgil van Dijk he is not bigger than the club.

It comes days after Van Dijk publicly issued a transfer request in a bid to force through a £60million move to Liverpool.

Pellegrino said on Friday: 'The problem here is that Virgil is one of the most important players. But there isn't one player more important than the 11 players playing together.

'Virgil is an important player but the club was clear from the beginning with the player. We cannot control every situation and Virgil is part of our club because he has a contract.

Van Dijk has been training alone since informing Pellegrino he wants to leave last month, but Southampton are adamant he will not be sold.

The former Celtic centre back signed a six-year contract to become the highest paid player in the club's history only last month.

Pellegrino added: 'He won't be available this weekend as he had some trouble with a virus and hasn't trained the last two days.

The Van Dijk saga has dominated the embryonic weeks of Pellegrino's reign after the former Liverpool defender was named as successor to the sacked Claude Puel.

But the Argentine insists the saga will not distract his players when the face Swansea at the St Mary's Stadium.

Source: dailymail.co.uk

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