Celtic boss Deila seems to rule out Virgil van Dijk sale

Celtic manager Ronny Deila has given positive news to the club's fans ahead of the January transfer window and says Arsenal linked Van Dijk won't leave.

Ronny Deila insists that Celtic are under no pressure to sell their key assets in January and has stated that all their best players will remain at Parkhead. 

The Bhoys' failure to qualify for the Champions League has obviously cost them dearly in a financial sense, but Deila has confirmed that they are still in a good position. 

Indeed, the Norweigian boss is only thinking about bringing players in during the January transfer window - with departures seemingly ruled out.

"As I've said before, we want to be a better team on February 1 than we are right now," he said at a press conference today.

"To keep is more important than to bring in. Consistency is everything and if you lose your best players, you have to start all over again.

"We know we don’t have to sell anybody. That’s good for me and the club. We want to keep our best players and that’s what we’re going to do."

Amongst the players linked with moves away from Celtic have been Virgil van Dijk, Anthony Stokes and Kris Commons. 

Van Dijk's elegant style of play makes him a standout player in the Celtic squad and a clutch of reputable English sides are said to be lining up a bid. 

Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool have all been linked with the Dutchman, but it seems that he will remain with the Scottish champions until the summer, at least.

Stokes is also said to be Cardiff City's main priority in the new year, while Leicester and West Bromwich Albion are tracking Commons. 

In terms of incoming additions, Deila did not name any names, but the club have reportedly started to track powerful central-midfielder Kara Mbodj

The Genk man is believed to be at the top of Deila's wishlist and it seems that he will have funds to spend in the new year. 

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