Van Dijk dismisses move talk

Celtic defender Virgil van Dijk has dismissed rumours linking him with a move to England and says he is relishing the prospect of a Champions League campaign with the Scottish champions.

Last Updated: 18/04/14 at 10:56 Post Comment

Virgil van Dijk: Named on the shortlist for Scottish Premiership player of the y

Virgil van Dijk: Named on the shortlist for Scottish Premiership player of the y

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Last month, the 22-year-old's agent was quoted as saying some "absolute top clubs" in England had shown interest in his client and that a summer move south of the border was a possibility.

But the Dutchman, who this week was named on the shortlist for PFA Sotland Premiership player of the year, has played down such speculation.

"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, who joined Celtic from Groningen in a £2.6m deal last summer, has never received an international call-up by the Netherlands and admitted he was disappointed when he was overlooked for last month's friendly against France.

He admits his chances of going to this summer's World Cup in Brazil are slim but is hopeful he can do enough next season to earn his inclusion in future squads.

"It was a disappointment a couple of weeks ago but I'm over it and I hope they do well in the World Cup, if I'm not there or if I am there," he added.

"The Scottish Premiership is not so highly rated by European people but it is a good competition. So you have to play in the Champions League to get some more recognition.

"If you play well in the Champions League then more people can see you. You can have a bigger chance to play in the Dutch squad.

"I don't know how they rate players or how they choose the squad or what the procedure is.

"But I think if you're good enough you need to be in the squad. I think I'm not good enough for the squad right now - otherwise I would be in it."

Watch Motherwell take on Celtic at Fir Park live on Sky Sports 2 from 12.30pm this Saturday

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

T

his is all good fun, but anyone who thinks United are 4th best in England for anything more than a blip is properly f***ing mental. And Domenech is properly f***ing mental.

megabrow (cufc)
Schneiderlin must join United - Domenech

I

f the answer is Matt Phillips, the question should never be Who is one of your major transfer targets?

jelasfirsttouch
The Twosome Gossip

I

s this Chris Smalling playing the 'Race' card?

hump3.
Smalling wants United race

Footer 365

Roberto Firmino eyeing trophy success at Liverpool after saying bye to Hoffenheim

Liverpool's £29m summer signing Roberto Firmino hopes to celebrate "a lot of success" at Anfield and 'can't wait test himself in the Premier League'.

Manchester United 'agree Matteo Darmian fee with Torino'

Manchester United have agreed a fee with Torino for Italy right-back Matteo Darmian, according to Sky Italia sources.

Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba not joining Barcelona this year

Barcelona have insisted they are "not planning" a move for Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba this calendar year.

Mail Box

Doesn't Delph To Arsenal Make More Sense?

We have reaction to our Top Ten regarding Philipp Lahm and Dave Mackay, why we all love Harry Kane, Fabian Delph to Arsenal and what United can get away with...

Why Is Kane More Likeable Than Carrick?

A Mailbox which covers topics including Harry Kane, Sergio Aguero, Robin van Persie, handballs, transfer reporting and Rodgers bingo. It's not us being mean...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company