Jamie Redknapp belittles Southampton, says Van Dijk could soon play for a big club

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Former midfielder Jamie Redknapp believes Virgil van Dijk could soon move on from Southampton even though he signed from Celtic just weeks ago.

Former Premier League midfielder Jamie Redknapp has suggested Virgil van Dijk may not be at Southampton for long.

Redknapp told The Mail he was impressed with the Dutchman's display against Chelsea, and suggested the centre-back's performance could have alerted scouts.

Van Dijk only signed for Southampton on transfer deadline day, clinching a move from Scottish champions Celtic.

Redknapp said: "He was excellent against Chelsea on Saturday. He has tremendous pace, is good in the air and looks so comfortable on the ball.

"He has all the attributes you want in a modern-day defender and, with good young defenders in short supply, it may not be long before the biggest clubs in Europe come looking for him."

Same old story

For the Saints it is the same old story. A player impresses for them, and he is immediately touted for a move away.

Whether this happens one day or not in Van Dijk's case, for the defender this sort of talk is way too early.

He has only been on the south coast for a matter of weeks, and is learning a new league, which will have plenty of up's and down's for him over the course of the season. There is a lot for him to achieve at Southampton, and further enhance his reputation. 

If anything the recent demise of Brendan Rodgers at Liverpool should show that success with the Saints is not a given elsewhere for players - with none of the four Saints stars he signed yet excelling, and could even tempt talented stars like Van Dijk to reject overtures of a move and decide to stay put.

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