Van Dijk to stay at Celtic unless Manchester United call

Virgil Van Dijk could remain at Celtic Park next season, though any offer from former suitors Manchester United is likely to prove too good to resist.

Celtic defender Virgil van Dijk may yet be convinced to remain at the club for another year by new Hoops manager Ronny Deila, but that could soon change if rumours of Manchester United’s interest become reality.

The Dutchman has previously been linked with a move to the Red Devils, with the Premier League club thought to be keen on recruiting the 22-year-old centre back.

But so far the only English team to express a concrete interest in taking the former Groningen star away from Parkhead has been Newcastle United, with the Toon thought to have already made contact over a potential deal.

Van Dijk’s agent, meanwhile, has been vocal of late, with the Dutchman’s representative going as far as to indicate that his client is keen on a move away from Scotland this summer.

Thus far the only team outside of Newcastle to push for a move has been Dinamo Moscow, though the defender is thought to be against the idea of a move to Russia.

Despite the uncertainty surrounding these potential bids though, club chief executive Peter Lawwell has moved to urge Van Dijk to remain at the club and give it another season before seeking a move away.

"He needs another year in the Champions League. He has to develop here," he told the Daily Record.

"We have a manager whom I think will make him better, make all our players better, and if I was his advisor I’d be saying, ‘No, no’ – but you never know."

While the lure of remaining in the Champions League and competing for top honours is likely to ensure Van Dijk rejects any potential offer from Newcastle United, it could be a different story if Manchester United come calling.

Keen to reassert themselves at the top table of English football, the Reds would no doubt be willing to offer the youngster a bumper pay deal.

On a personal note, a move to Manchester United would also provide Van Dijk with the opportunity to work under legendary Dutch coach Louis van Gaal.

Celtic may keep their man this summer, but don’t be surprised if they receive an offer too good to refuse in the near future.

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