In demand Celtic star addresses possibility of summer transfer

Virgil van Dijk has played down the chances of a summer transfer, but has not ruled one out.

The Dutch defender, 23, has enjoyed an exceptional season with the Bhoys, and he has addressed the possibility of him leaving Parkhead this summer to the BBC.

48 games in all have brought an impressive return of eight goals and three assists, and he has shown himself to be one of the best young defenders in European football.

His impressive form has even seen him on the fringes of Guus Hiddink's senior Netherlands international team.

Various Premier League clubs have been linked with van Dijk since last summer, with the Daily Mail running reports of Arsenal interest, whilst Sunderland and West Brom have also been tracking him, according to the same outlet.

This kind of high profile interest will undoubtedly draw admiring glances, especially if Arsenal return for him in the summer, but the centre-back has told the BBC that he is not in a rush to leave Parkhead, but will reassess his situation in the summer.

“I'm not in a rush,” the Dutchman said. “But, if the opportunity is there, you never know because it's football. I'm 23, I'm learning every day. I will see what happens in the summer, but as it looks right now, I am still here.”

Van Dijk’s words will do much to ease fears about a potential departure at the end of this season, although he has not written off an exit completely. With it looking as if the Bhoys have all-but wrapped up another league title, it seems as if the only way that van Dijk would leave the club is if Arsenal enter the race for him - with their guarantee of Champions League football a major enticement.

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