Virgil van Dijk's girlfriend could prevent Manchester move

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Both Manchester United's and Manchester City's hopes of signing Virgil van Dijk could be ended -  because his girlfriend loves Glasgow so much. 

The Celtic defender has attracted attention from the Premier League big boys for his performances in the Scottish Premier League.

However, the 22-year-old's girlfriend, Rike Nooitgedagt has claimed that she loves life in Glasgow and is perfectly settled.

The pair have been together in Scotland ever since the Dutchman's £2.6 million move from FC Groningen in 2013, and with the centre-back under contract for another three years any move to Manchester could be met with resistance from his other half.

"When I was in Holland, they talked about the ‘Celtic Family’ and now I know what they mean." the 22-year-old explained.

"We had a couple nights out and I enjoyed it a lot. They are very nice and make me very welcome in Glasgow.

"I worked as a sales manager and sold different fashion-brands to the stores in Holland. I loved it but it was busy and hard work.

"The Celtic fans are amazing, the sound they make is unreal.

"I think Celtic is a very good club, the people are very friendly and helpful. Most of the people I meet understand how it is to live in an other country, so they help me a lot."

Van Dijk has already featured 35 times for the Hoops this season in all competitions, including matches against Barcelona in the Champions League.

Neil Lennon's side are on course to ease to yet another SPL title this year.

Meanwhile in the Premeir League Manchester City are second, and United are struggling in seventh.

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