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OFFICIAL: Return of van Dijk

2 years ago

Mauricio Pellegrino claims he has buried his differences with Southampton captain Virgil van Dijk.

Van Dijk this week returned to training with the first team after being banished by Pellegrino for demanding to leave to force through a switch to Liverpool.

Pellegrino said: “I always talk with my players and with Virgil. The conversation is private but he is training with the team and training at the same level.

“Everything is normal and that is good news for us. The past does not matter; the money, the budget. It does not matter. That is the best thing about football.”

Van Dijk angered Saints fans by handing in a transfer request last month. Pellegrino has challenged the Dutchman to prove his heart is with Southampton, saying: “He has to show his commitment on the pitch because I cannot show my commitment by talking.”

The £70m rated van Dijk has not played since suffering an ankle injury in January and Pellegrino admits he is not yet ready to make a Premier League comeback.

Pellegrino, whose side host Watford on Saturday, said: “It depends on the player now. He is coming from a long period of time without playing. He needs to train and to play games.”
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