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Southampton have issued a warning to Chelsea and other clubs interested in signing Southampton defender, Virgil van Dijk, that the player isn’t for sale in this window.

Dijk is desperate to leave Southampton and handed in a transfer request in the knowledge that Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester City are all interested in signing him.

Southampton have significantly more financial clout after their new Chinese owners bought 80 per cent stake in the club for £210million on Monday.

Southampton chairman Ralph Krueger insists the Saints want to mature as a club and won’t sell their best players as they hope to get back into Europe.

“We want to mature, we want to be a team that can profit from synergies that create a much more attractive football and a better product for the fans, and gives us a chance to get back into Europe,” Krueger said

“Virgil is not for sale in this window and it’s not personal. It’s not about him, it’s about an overall much, much, much bigger picture — a change of course for Southampton.

“The first summer I was here five players went out and six went in, not counting academy. Second summer three went out, seven came in, and third summer five went out, five came in. Now it is one out and two in, and this is who we want to become.”

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