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Deila explains main reason van Dijk won't be allowed to leave Celtic

Celtic manager Ronny Deila has stressed the importance of his club keeping Virgil van Dijk beyond this season.

Celtic manager Ronny Deila has explained in the Herald, the main reason Virgil van Dijk won’t be leaving the club this summer.

The big centre back is a player that the Bhoys could cash in on, with several clubs having previously been linked with him.

However, Deila has ruled out a transfer and has suggested that van Dijk is vital for the club in terms of their Champions League qualification chances.

“He will stay. That's what we want, to have him through the Champions League. He is so important to us,” said Deila.

“Virgil is the leader in the defence, so he is vital for us. Any money we could get for Virgil can't compare with the money we would get from the Champions League.”

Arsene Wenger has previously been linked with a move for the defender, with the Metro suggesting that Celtic could net an £8 million fee if they sell him to Arsenal.

However, the Champions League creates a number of financial benefits for the club which outweigh that, such as TV revenue, extra gate receipts as well as more advertising and commercial opportunities.

Deila’s challenge over the summer will be to protect van Dijk from the attention surrounding him from other clubs and then challenging him to get even better next season and beyond.

It will be difficult to prevent his head from being turned due to the calibre of some of the reported clubs interested in him, but Celtic just need to trust him and keep him focused on things at Parkhead.

A treble by the end of the season would help and if van Dijk stays as Deila suggests, the club’s chances of silverware next season will be enhanced.

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