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Van Dijk suggests he's made progress as a defender at Celtic

Celtic defender Virgil van Dijk has explained that he's happy at the club and wants to make history at Parkhead.

Celtic defender Virgil van Dijk has told the Glasgow Evening Times that he feels he’s developed well at the club and has stated he wants to make history with the Bhoys.

Van Dijk has been consistently linked with a move away from Parkhead, but there is a good chance he could stay put beyond this season, admitting he feels the club have already had an impact on his development.

“I'm still only 23 and just enjoy playing here. I think I've made a lot of progress, and there is a big chance we are going to win the Treble,” he said.

“I want to write some history here.”

Van Dijk is a big, imposing and very strong central defender and while he may be happy at the Bhoys, that may not detract clubs from trying to poach him away from Ronny Deila over the summer.

The Metro has previously reported that Arsenal are interested in an £8 million move for the defender and they could come back to the table in the summer.

However, Arsenal’s winter deal for Gabriel Paulista suggests that Arsene Wenger has signed the defensive cover he’s looking for.

What will be encouraging for Ronny Deila and fans in relation to van Dijk, is that he’s not showing any desire to push for a move away from the club.

Deila needs to play on that and work closely with him to not only improve him as a player but to show him how valued he is in terms of what the Norwegian is trying to do and achieve.

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