Dutch and Southampton defender, Virgil Van Dijk has handed in a transfer request in a quest to leave the Saints.
Virgil Van Dijk who was left out of the club preseason tour to Germany will prefer a move to Liverpool as he seeks to play European football.
The 26 year said in a strongly worded statement; “I would like Southampton to consider the interest in me from top clubs should it still exist”.
He continued; “I have been left frustrated by the club’s position that I am not for sale and am disappointed that enquiries from multiple top clubs have been consistently rebuffed”.
“I am incredibly ambitious and want to achieve as much as I possibly can to fulfill my potential in what is a very short career as a professional footballer”, he added.
“I want to play European football again and challenge for major honours”, he indicated.
Van Dijk also indicated that he isn’t in a right frame of mind due to the happening events.
He said; “I can confirm that I was asked about my frame of mind and for all of the reasons mentioned above I was open and honest in saying that I did not feel I was in a settled mindset given the circumstances”.
“I would also like to make clear that I have never once refused to train”, he added.