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Southampton's chairman appears to have decided Virgil van Dijk's future

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For much of the transfer window, the future of Southampton star Virgil van Dijk has been up in the air.

The Dutch defender has excelled in the Premier League since his move from Celtic and now, he is being touted with a world record move to one of the division's giants.

Chelsea and Manchester City have recently expressed their interest in Van Dijk but it has been Liverpool who have been the main party desperate for his signature.

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At the beginning of the summer, Jurgen Klopp's side were even forced to make a public apology due to their illegal pursuit of the Saints man.

However, despite that incident, there was a lingering rumour that the Reds could still get their man.

But, Southampton's chairman, Ralph Krueger, has delivered a hammer blow to Liverpool's hopes, stating that the club will not sell their prized asset.

"Virgil is not for sale in this window and it's not personal," the chairman said, per Independent.

"It's not about him, it's about an overall much, much, much bigger picture - a change of course for Southampton.

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"The first summer I was here five players went out and six went in, not counting academy.

"Second summer three went out, seven came in, and third summer five went out, five came in.

"Now it is one out and two in, and this is who we want to become."

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He then spoke of how adamant the Saints were about fulfilling his words, saying that he has the backing of the new board.

"We are very, very adamant about carrying this through.

"The new partnership has completely and wholly backed our strategy and plan and on September 1 people will see how serious we were and are."

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So, is that finally the end of the saga? In this crazy footballing world, probably not.

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