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Virgil van Dijk is our cover star for the final game of the 2016/17 Premier League season.
Puel: No new injury concerns
Claude Puel provides a team news update ahead of Manchester United.
Puel provides van Dijk update
The Saints boss gives the latest on the defender's recovery.
Saints provide van Dijk update
Saints defender unlikely to feature again this season.
Puel praises Davis influence
Southampton boss Claude Puel praises the influence of club captain Steven Davis ahead of Bournemouth.
van Dijk sidelined for two to three months
Claude Puel provides an injury update ahead of Southampton's clash with West Ham United.
van Dijk to miss Swansea clash
Claude Puel will be without team captain Virgil van Dijk for Southampton's Premier League clash at Swansea.
Puel's injury update for Liverpool
Find out the latest injury situation ahead of the EFL Cup semi-final decider with Liverpool.
Puel's team news update
Claude Puel on who is missing for the FA Cup replay with Norwich City.
Puel: van Dijk has improved a lot
Read the manager's thoughts on the Saints centre-half.
Redmond: van Dijk is one of the best
Nathan Redmond hails defender Virgil van Dijk as one of the best in the Premier League.
Video: Redmond on van Dijk impact
Watch as Nathan Redmond discusses the impact of defender Virgil van Dijk so far this season.
van Dijk: Rodriguez deserved his double
Virgil van Dijk reserved praise for striker Jay Rodriguez after his double against AFC Bournemouth.
Van Dijk: It's a massive win
Virgil van Dijk delighted to sign off for Christmas with a great win against AFC Bournemouth.
Video: Van Dijk on Cherries success
Watch our interview with Virgil van Dijk after Southampton's 3-1 win against AFC Bournemouth.
#SaintsXmas Day 16: Grab-A-Saint
The final group of players see if they can beat the current top score of three in the Grab-A-Saint challenge.
Van Dijk says goal difference must improve
Virgil van Dijk highlighted that Southampton’s negative goal difference tally is “not good enough” for a team with Saints’ aspirations.
Video: van Dijk wins Player of the Month
Watch Virgil van Dijk reflect on winning the Under Armour Southampton Player of the Month award for November.
van Dijk named player of the month
Virgil van Dijk wins the Under Armour Player of the Month award for November.
#SaintsXmas Day Ten: Christmas Buzzer Challenge
Virgil van Dijk, Maya Yoshida and Shane Long take on the Christmas Buzzer Challenge.
van Dijk sums up disappointment
Virgil van Dijk reacts to Southampton's UEFA Europa League exit after a 1-1 draw with Hapoel Be'er Sheva.
#SaintsXmas Day Seven: Reaction Test
Virgil van Dijk, Jay Rodriguez and James Ward-Prowse take on the Christmas Reaction Test challenge.
We must play to win, says van Dijk
Virgil van Dijk says there Southampton will not look to settle for a 0-0 draw against Hapoel Be'er Sheva.
Virgil Van Dijk Saints HistoryLast updated 23 Jun 2017
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Virgil Van Dijk BiographyLast updated 05 Oct 2016
Former clubs: Groningen, Celtic
Virgil van Dijk was born in Breda, Netherlands on 8th July 1991.
The 6ft 4in defender began his youth career with Willem II at the age of 18 before moving to FC Groningen on a free transfer after just one season with the Tilburg-based club.
Van Dijk initially linked up with Groningen’s youth team, but made an instant impression and was called up to the first team in early April 2011.
The defender made his professional debut on 1st April 2011, coming on as a 72nd-minute substitute for Petter Andersson during the 4-2 victory against ADO Den Haag.
After featuring for 13 minutes against PSV Eindhoven two weeks later, van Dijk was an unused substitute for Groningen in their Eredivisie Europa League play-offs first round first leg.
He played 20 minutes of the second leg as Groningen knocked Heracles out to set up a two-legged final with ADO Den Haag. Van Dijk played 45 minutes of a 5-1 first-leg defeat, but scored twice in the reverse fixture to help his side to a 5-1 win and send the game to penalties.
Current Saints midfielder Dušan Tadić scored a penalty, but Groningen lost the shootout 4-3 as Den Haag secured European football for the 2011/12 season.
Becoming a regular
Van Dijk started the season on the bench, but after playing 28 minutes in a 3-0 defeat to AZ Alkmaar in late August, he cemented a regular spot in the starting line-up.
Having won his first cap for Netherlands Under-19s earlier in the year, van Dijk was handed his first Under-21s cap in a 2-1 defeat to Scotland in November 2011.
An injury towards the end of the season meant van Dijk featured 23 times in total as Groningen finished 14th in the table. The defender contributed three goals during the 2011/12 campaign.
His second cap for Netherlands Under-21s came at the beginning of the new season, playing 90 minutes in a 3-0 defeat to Italy.
By now, van Dijk was an important member of the Groningen side, and he made 32 appearances in total during the 2012/13 season as the Pride of the North finished seventh in the table.
The defender scored twice during the season, with both goals coming against Ronald Koeman’s Feyenoord. The defender’s campaign ended in disappointment as Groningen lost in the play-off semi-finals to FC Twente, with Tadić providing an assist against his former club to help his new side to a 4-2 success.
The Dutchman’s first international win came in February 2013, as he played 45 minutes of Netherlands Under-21s’ 3-2 friendly win against Croatia.
On the move
Scottish giants Celtic came calling in the summer of 2013, signing van Dijk on a four-year contract for a fee believed to be around £2.6 million, linking up with Saints goalkeeper Fraser Forster.
The central defender made his Champions League debut in a 2-0 defeat to Shakhter Karagandy in the play-off round first leg. He featured for a minute in the second leg as Celtic won 3-0 to secure a place in the Champions League group stage.
Van Dijk made 36 league appearances in total during his first season in Scotland, helping Celtic retain the Scottish Premiership title. He also started every game in the Champions League group stage, but could not prevent Celtic from exiting the competition.
Last season began well for van Dijk as he scored his first European goal in Celtic’s 4-0 UEFA Champions League second round qualifying win against KR Reykjavik.
Celtic’s Champions League run ended in disappointing fashion however, as NK Maribor knocked them out at the play-off round stage. The defender featured in every UEFA Europa League game for Celtic, but was unable to prevent Inter Milan knocking them out at the Round of 32 stage.
On the domestic front, van Dijk enjoyed another successful campaign. He made 35 appearances in the league as Celtic won the title again and helped the Glasgow-based club lift the Scottish League Cup with a 2-0 win against Dundee United in the final.
The defender ended the season with ten goals to his name in 58 appearances in all competitions.
The 24 year-old made ten appearances for the Scottish club, five in Champions League qualifying and five in the Scottish Premiership, before his move to Southampton.
His early form with Koeman's men, in which he scored his first goal against Swansea City, saw him named in the final Netherlands squad for their UEFA EURO 2016 qualifying matches in October.
Van Dijk ended an impressive first season as the club's Players' Player of the Season and Fans' Player of the Season, as well as signing a new six-year contract.