Southampton coach Claude Puel has rubbished rumours that Virgil van Dijk may leave the club next month.

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van-dijk-southamThe centre-back has been in excellent form for the Saints this season and is being linked with a big-money January move to Manchester City and Liverpool.

However, speaking at a press conference, Southampton boss Claude Puel has closed the door on Van Dijk or his teammate Jose Fonte leaving the club next month.

Puel said, “Of course they will both stay. It’s important for them to stay and have a good attitude and improve our position in the table.

“Virgil is a very important player for us and he will stay here. It will be important with Virgil to continue his work and (help us) go up on the table. For me it’s not an idea or view with Virgil (to leave).

“Jose is a little peculiar but he is contracted with Southampton. It’s always speculation about different players. It’s normal because they are great and important players.”

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