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Deila: Celtic don't have to sell van Dijk to generate extra cash

Celtic manager Ronny Deila has revealed the club don't have to sell Virgil van Dijk if they qualify for the Champions League.

Celtic manager Ronny Deila has been quoted by the Glasgow Evening Times suggesting his club won’t make the mistake of selling key defender Virgil van Dijk this summer.

Deila explained that selling the centre back would be a good source of revenue, as they could net a substantial fee for a player of his quality.

However, the Norwegian suggested that the club would prefer to generate extra cash by getting into the Champions League, which would then give van Dijk a platform he could use to improve his own game.

“It's much more money from being in the Champions League - Peter (Lawwell, chief executive) would rather go to the Champions League than sell Virgil,” he said.

“Virgil needs a very good campaign with Champions League football, and if he does well there, it's easy to get to the big clubs.”

Van Dijk has been a constant in Celtic’s back four throughout a successful season and they’re a more balanced and more efficient unit with him in the team.

He injects pace into the back four and also offers a real presence with his height and his power, which he can use to get the better of most centre forwards in all competitions.

He’s obviously a player that Deila would prefer to hang onto in the immediate future and someone who will help the club to compete in the Champions League.

If a big money move comes about next summer then Deila and the club will deal with it, but for now the focus will be on ensuring that he stays and features in the Champions League at Parkhead.

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