Manchester United target Virgil van Dijk in PFA team of the year

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Celtic's Dutch defender has been a standout player in Scotland this year, and is rumoured to be interesting both United and Manchester City.

After a superb debut season in SPL, Virgil van Dijk has sealed a place in both the division's PFA team of the year, and as one of the four best overall players elected by his peers.

If Van Dijk wins the main award he will be only the second defender to do so in the 12 years since Rangers' Lorenzo Amoruso won the award in 2002.

It is the kind of form that has seen some of the biggest sides south of the border sit up and take notice, with both Manchester United and Manchester City said to be chasing the giant Dutchman.

Van Dijk, who is yet to be capped by the national team, moved from Eredivisie side Gronigen at the start of the season for £2.6 million, and has been a revelation as Celtic ran away with the title once again in the Scottish top flight.

The 22-year-old has impressed defensively, while also exhibiting the sort of class on the ball one might expect from Dutch legends of old.

One spectacular goal, where Van Dijk dribbled through the entire St. Johnstone team before finishing, was nominated for goal of the month, and the defender has netted three other times in his 42 appearances this season.

There have been conflicting comments from the player's camp on the prospects of a move. Van Dijk's agent commented on speculation last month, admitting to the possibility of a Premier League transfer: “There is certainly interest," said Henk-Maarten Chin.

"Many English clubs are interested in him – the absolute top clubs. They watch him and are very keen. There has been no official approaches for Virgil yet, but that will come after the season ends.”

Despite this, Van Dijk himself is only thinking of Champions League football with Celtic, saying: "I don't know anything about it [speculation of a move].

"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."

Whether a £10 million bid may tempt Celtic into selling their star defender is something we may well see this summer.

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