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Tuesday 25 July 2017

Puel rules out sale of Saints

Virgil van Dijk. Pic: Reuters
Virgil van Dijk. Pic: Reuters

Southampton manager Claude Puel has ruled out selling either of his first-choice centre backs in the January transfer window, shooting down media reports that the club could cash in on Jose Fonte or Virgil van Dijk.

Reports in Fonte's native Portugal earlier this month indicated that Southampton had agreed to allow the player, who has 18 months left on his contract, to leave in January after he failed to agree fresh terms with the club.

Dutchman Van Dijk has emerged as a target for league leaders Chelsea and third-placed Manchester City, but Puel insisted: "It's important for them to stay and improve our position in the table."

Southampton host ninth-placed West Brom on tomorrow.

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