Ronald de Boer is amazed by the progress Virgil van Dijk has made over the past few years and has called him one of the best defenders in the Premier League.

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De Boer was a guest on Talk Sport and spoke positively about Van Dijk, who he believes has made excellent progress at Southampton.

He said, “Under Ronald Koeman at Southampton he made unbelievable progress and now this year he is one of the top defenders in the Premier League. He has made the transition in a positive way.

“When he was at Groningen he did OK, he was physical, but we Dutch always want defenders to play the ball to the same colour and that is something we thought was not his best thing. But now he does that.

“His passing is excellent but, most importantly, his defending is outstanding. He is showing it week in, week out in one of the toughest leagues in the world.”

The former Groningen and Celtic ace is probably coming into his final months with Southampton as some of Europe’s biggest clubs continue to be linked with the 25-year-old, including Barcelona, Chelsea and Liverpool.

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