Koeman says Southampton followed van Dijk for two years before signing him

The Southampton boss has been speaking about one of his summer signings.

Southampton manager Ronald Koeman has been speaking ahead of his side’s Premier League match against Chelsea this weekend, with his comments later posted on the club’s official Twitter account.

Southampton are on an impressive run of form right now, scoring 11 goals in their last three matches and winning their last two – 6-0 against MK Dons in the Capital One Cup and 3-1 against Swansea City in the league.

One of their key players recently has been summer signing Virgil van Dijk, who now has four appearances for the Saints under his belt.

His form has been impressive to date and Koeman has now admitted just how long Southampton were tracking the former Celtic defender.

Talking about van Dijk’s start to life at St. Mary’s, Koeman said, “I’m not surprised; we followed him for two years. I’m very happy that he’s part of our team.”

Van Dijk played a total of 115 matches for Celtic, building up a brilliant reputation before swapping Scotland for England in the summer.

Now he is tasked with helping Southampton replicate their great form of last season, which means they have to climb a little further up the table from their current position in 10th.

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