Virgil van Dijk in London: Chelsea target's location exposed on Instagram

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But Southampton want to hold on to the centre-back and Krueger insists that is exactly what the south coast club will do.

Van Dijk has handed in a transfer request to the club and is expected to join wither Chelsea or Liverpool.

However, the Holland global is still being linked with a move to either Anfield or Chelsea, with the defender taking matters into his own hands last week by handing in a transfer request.

But it is more likely that it is their desire.

Southampton players would welcome Virgil van Dijk back with open arms despite the Dutch centre-back's transfer standoff with the Premier League club, midfielder Steven Davis has said.

Southampton have earned a reputation for bringing in players, developing them and moving them on for a profit in the past.

It is possible that this is just late transfer window posturing. "Strength of the contracts, age of the group and the experiences of a year ago like going to a cup final gave us the feeling this is a group that tasted that winning and keeping them together would give us the chance to reach another level".

"Our stance remains based on our strategy from May when we spoke last", Krueger said.

"That's one player in this whole equation of 25 and it is the visible one". "I don't imagine many people wrote that we won 3-2 according to the rules but, like Manchester United previous year, their goal was offside". We can't only focus on one thing, but we know it's an important thing, of course.

'We're very, very adamant about carrying this through.

"People will say I need to buy a new player in the position".

Southampton played out a goalless draw with Swansea City in their opening Premier League game of the season last weekend - a first at the helm for boss Mauricio Pellegrino.

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