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  • Virgil van Dijk signs for Southampton

    Virgil van Dijk signs for Southampton

    By: Newsroom Staff on 01 Sep, 2015 14:37

  • VIRGIL van Dijk has joined Southampton on a five-year deal. The Dutch defender moves to the English Premier League club after two successful seasons at Celtic.

    Signed from Dutch side, Groningen, in June 2013, the 24-year-old defender has gone on to make 115 appearances for the Hoops, scoring 15 goals. He won two league titles and one League Cup

    A spokesperson for Celtic said: “Celtic did absolutely everything we could to keep Virgil at the club, including an offer of a new extended contract on a number of occasions. However, it became very clear that he had made his mind up on seeking a new challenge in the English Premier League.

    “Virgil has served Celtic very well for the past two seasons, we thank him for his contribution to the club and we wish him all the best for the future at Southampton.” 

    Virgil van Dijk told the official Celtic website: “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.”  

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