Arsenal-linked Virgil van Dijk open to leaving Celtic, but will stay - for now


Celic defender Virgil van Dijk says there is interest in him, but the Hoops don't want to sell him.

Having paid just £2.6m to sign defender Virgil van Dijk from Groningen in 2013, Celtic landed themselves a real bargain - and potential for huge profit.

The Dutchman, 23, has been a mainstay of the Celtic side under two different managers, with Neil Lennon and Ronny Deila both making van Dijk a huge part of their defence.

However, his impressive displays have triggered interest from the likes of Arsenal, Manchester United and Tottenham, with a reported £10m price tag on his head; around four times what Celtic paid for him just 18 months ago.

Manager Deila has insisted that van Dijk will stay until at least the end of the season, despite interest from a whole host of English clubs.

Now though, van Dijk has opened up, and told Voetbal International that he is certainly open to a future transfer having become aware of teams wanting to sign him.

"There is interest from several clubs, but Celtic have taken the position that they do not want to sell me. Of course I am open for the next step in my career, but I am well aware that I already play at a great club," said van Dijk.

The former Dutch Under-21 international also said that, for now, he will stay at Celtic, but knows something could change very quickly.

"Again, I can still learn. As it stands now, I'll stay at Celtic, but everyone knows that just suddenly anything can change," he added.

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