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Denayer explains why he hopes van Dijk snubs Arsenal and Spurs

Celtic loanee Jason Denayer says he hopes Virgil van Dijk stays at the club.

Manchester City youngster Jason Denayer has explained to the Glasgow Evening Times why he hopes Virgin van Dijk rejects any chance to leave Celtic.

Denayer, on loan at Celtic, has explained the positive impact van Dijk has had on him personally and has stressed his hope that the defender stays with the Scottish side until at least the end of the season.

“From my own point of view and that of the team I hope that Virgil is here until the end of the season because he is a strong player. He has been fantastic with me,” said the 19-year-old.

“We are friends off the park too and on it we have developed a very good understanding.”

“We speak often of football but I have not asked him about what he will do.”

The Daily Express has claimed that Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur are among the main sides interested in signing van Dijk, who has been tipped for a move to the Premier League.

It will be tempting for him because a move into the top flight of English football represents a chance to move up a level in terms of the standard of football he’s been playing but Ronny Deila will be keen to keep him at the club.

He may only be 23-years-old but Denayer’s comments suggest he has a maturity far beyond his years, which rubs off on other players who look up to him.

He loses nothing if he stays at Celtic, where he’s guaranteed to play a high ratio of games, and it’s arguable that he’ll have a better chance of a big Premier League move in the summer after another solid half a season with the Scottish giants.

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