CLAUDE PUEL has dismissed reports Virgil van Dijk could leave Southampton for Liverpool in January.
Van Dijk only signed a new six-year deal with the Southampton in May, but his fine performances this season have seen him linked with a move away from St Mary’s.
The defender, who joined from Celtic in 2015 for £13million, has played every minute of Premier League football this season – keeping five clean sheets 13 outings.
Jurgen Klopp is reportedly keen on bringing the £50m-rated Dutchman to Liverpool, while Everton, Manchester United and Manchester City have also been linked with a move for the 25-year-old.
But Saints boss Puel insists the defender is going nowhere.
“It’s just speculation, and I cannot participate with speculation,” Puel said.
“All the players are in the club’s project, and for this season it is important to continue this work with good spirit and this is true with all the players.
“It is just a rumour and it’s not important for me.”