Manchester United & Arsenal target happy to stay at Celtic

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Manchester United, Arsenal and Manchester City have been dealt a blow in their alleged pursuit of Virgil van Dijk after the Celtic defender revealed he is happy to remain in Scotland, despite attracting attention from the Premier League.

The Daily Mail reports how the 22-year-old has received glances from a growing list of suitors, following a series of stand-out performances at Celtic Park this season.

David Moyes, Arsene Wenger and Manuel Pellegrini have all been mooted as admirers of the former Holland U21 international, and are believed to be weighing up bids in the region of £10million to lure the player south of the border.

However, Van Dijk insists he is content playing for Neil Lennon's side and is looking forward to testing himself in the Champions League with Celtic next season.

According to the Daily Star, the former Groningen star's agent was quoted last month saying that some of England's "absolute top clubs" had expressed an interest in signing the centre-back this summer.

But, Van Dijk played down speculation linking him with a move to Old Trafford, the Emirates or Etihad Stadium, insisting that he's heard nothing concrete.

"I don't know anything about it," he said. "First of all I have a contract until 2017 I think, so I don’t have to move, and I think the Champions League is always a big thing for every player. I want to play Champions League. 

"We disappointed this season in the cup and the Champions League and we want to do much better next year. That’s what I want as well."

Van Dijk's desire to play in Europe's elite club competition would rule Manchester United out of the race to secure his signature anyway, given the fact they are sat in a lowly seventh place in the Premier League table.

Arsenal are by no means certain of a return to the Champions League next season either, but currently sit one point clear of Everton in fourth place, leaving Manchester City as the only interested party able to offer a guarantee to the Celtic star.

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