Celtic boss Ronny Deila confident of Virgil van Dijk stay

Virgil van Dijk has been linked with a move to Arsenal in the January transfer window, but Celtic manager Ronny Deila is confident that he will not leave.

Celtic manager Ronny Deila has insisted that Virgil van Dijk will not leave the club in the January transfer window.

The 23-year-old is one of the best defenders in the Scottish Premiership and has been linked with a move to the Premier League.

A number of clubs in the English top flight are reportedly interested in Van Dijk, with Arsenal claimed to be one with strong interest in the Dutchman.

Deila, who was appointed the Celtic manager in the summer, has said that he is confident that he will not have to part company with the centre-back next month.

“We talk together and we have a big respect for each other and what we want,” The Scotsman quotes the Norwegian as saying.

“He is enjoying being here now, is training well and is happy. He is a very, very good player and we want to keep him.

“We don’t need to do anything and that’s important. We understand at one time he will want to go to another stage but, right now, we think it is best for him to stay here.”

Van Dijk joined Celtic from Groningen in the summer of 2013 and has established himself as one of the most important players in the team.

It will be a blow to the Bhoys if he were to leave in the middle of the season. With Celtic aiming to win the Scottish Premiership and the Europa League this campaign, they need to retain the services of Van Dijk until the end of the campaign.

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