But Southampton were reluctant to let him leave following the departure of centre-back Jose Fonte to West Ham.
Virgil van Dijk is under contract with Southampton until 2022
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But according to the Daily Star, Van Dijk has no plans to leave St Mary's after recently being appointed captain.
Saints sought assurances from the 25-year-old's commitment before handing him the armband and they are now convinced they can keep him for at least another season.
A source told the paper: “When Virgil took the captaincy it was on the understanding he would lead the team until the end of next season as a minimum.
Southampton believe Virgil van Dijk will stay with them next season
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“He has a long-term contract and is settled at the club.”
Having signed a bumper six-year contract last May, Van Dijk is under contract with Saints until 2022.
And with Southampton confident Van Dijk will stay in the transfer window, Pep Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp may be forced to look elsewhere to bolster their defence.