De Boer: Why Virgil van Dijk should stay with Celtic next season

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De Boer believes Virgil van Dijk should stay at Celtic next season, despite interest from Sunderland.

Van Dijk looks to be pushing for a move away from Celtic this summer, but Frank de Boer has told the Daily Record that he should stay at Parkhead, with Champions League football a much bigger draw than Premier League relegation.

Current Ajax head coach de Boer said: “To just leave Celtic who will be playing in the Champions League themselves next season for a team that could be fighting a relegation battle in England isn’t deserving of van Dijk.

“We have seen time and time again players who play in the Champions League have such a better chance of representing their national team. That should be a real consideration for him.”

De Boer has claimed that van Dijk should stay with Celtic for the exact same reason that the defender wants to leave the club.

As reported by Voetbal International, the 23-year-old admitted that moving to the Premier League - and forsaking Champions League football - would give him a better chance of getting into the Netherlands international squad.

Van Dijk has still yet to make his debut for the Dutch senior squad, despite his obvious talent, and he believes that moving to England - and the highly quality of football that brings - would ensure easy selection in the senior national squad.

However, by leaving Celtic, he would be exchanging Champions League football for the Premier League, and likely a relegation battle.

The Star claims that Sunderland are the main team in for him this summer, and they will not be fighting for the top four anytime soon - with a relegation battle much more probable.

Van Dijk would be a great signing for many Premier League clubs, but staying at Celtic to play in the Champions League is a far greater idea than switching to a relegation fighting club.

He will be more visible on the European stage if playing in the Champions League, and that can only increase his chances of finally breaking into the Dutch senior squad ahead of Euro 2016.

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