Celtic manager Ronny Deila has explained in the Glasgow Evening Times that he speaks every single day with Virgil van Dijk over his future.
Van Dijk is one Celtic star who could realistically earn a move away from the club this summer, with Tottenham Hotspur and Southampton both linked with him by the Daily Mail.
However, Deila has revealed that van Dijk has so far given him no indication that he’ll be playing his football anywhere other than Parkhead next year.
“I hope that he will still be here. I talk with him every day and he has not told me anything different,” said the Celtic boss.
Celtic tick a lot of boxes for someone of van Dijk’s skill and calibre. They have a guaranteed chance of success every single season and he’s first choice in his position, having shown that he can perform for the Bhoys over an extended period.
However, he has previously admitted frustration at the lack of competition in Scottish football, which could tempt him to take a look at another club.
Celtic are in the driving seat if that happens and they are showing they care, on a daily basis, about the player, his future and making sure he’s in the right place mentally.
Deila will be hoping that van Dijk doesn’t have his head turned by an agent or a third party promising better things, because with Jason Denayer heading back to Manchester City, he won’t want to have to fill both centre back slots with fresh players for next year.