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Van Dijk: I’ve learned more in five games than I did at Celtic

By October 7, 2015No Comments

Virgil van Dijk says he learned more in five games at Southampton than he did during two years at Celtic.

The Dutch defender completed a £13m switch to the Saints in the summer and has started impressively, helping the Premier League side to four wins and a draw.

The 24-year-old is on the cusp of his first cap for Netherlands with Oranje set to play Czech Republic and Kazakhstan to determine whether they make the play-offs for Euro 2016.

And Van Dijk believes he can already feel the difference playing in the Premier League

“At Southampton I am learning so much in every game I play, much more than I did in two years at Celtic,” he told Dutch media outlet NU Sport.

“I feel I have started quite well. I’ve played five games and it has been tough. The standard is much quicker than in Scotland.

“The ball is like a pinball machine. You have to concentrate. It took me some time to get used to it but I’m doing all right now.”