Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has ruled out a January move for Southampton defender Virgil van Dijk, calling a deal in the winter window ‘impossible’.
The Dutchman has been on of the players of the season in the Premier League so far this term and has attracted interest from across the division.
However, speaking to Sky Sports, the Sky Blues boss ruled out any move next month;
“Next month, Van Dijk here?
“We’re going to Southampton to play against them (in April). He’s not going to come here next month. Impossible.”
The 25-year-old, who was gifted a Man City shirt by his Saints teammates for a secret Santa present last week, has also been linked with a move to table toppers, Chelsea, next month.
Saints boss Claude Puel has remained adamant that the former Celtic man will stay put on the south coast for now, and has slapped a £60m price tag on his head as a deterrent to any potential suitors.
Van Dijk has not missed a minute of Premier League football for the Saints since his move from north of the border in September 2015, and has captained the side this season, when Jose Fonte has been left out of the side.