Real Madrid’s Interest in Virgil van Dijk at Liverpool
Following the shocking revelation last week that he would be leaving his position as head coach of Liverpool, Van Dijk made remarks that seemed to be weighing his own future with the team. Klopp made this announcement last week.
Since then, Van Dijk has emphasised that his remarks were “taken out of context,” and the centre back is still totally dedicated to Liverpool.
The 32-year-old’s Anfield deal is set to expire in the summer of 2025, though, and Real Madrid is reportedly keeping a close eye on the situation, according to Defensa Central.
According to the source, Los Blancos head coach Carlo Ancelotti is satisfied with his centre-back choices, but Van Dijk may still be available, so the club has been informed.
The Dutchman began his professional career at Groningen and joined Celtic in 2013. He played 115 games for the Scottish powerhouse before joining Southampton.
Before joining Liverpool in January 2018, Van Dijk made 80 appearances for the Saints. Since then, he has become one of the top centre backs in the world of football.
The defender won the Premier League, FA Cup, EFL Cup, Champions League, UEFA Super Cup, Club World Cup, and Community Shield during his tenure at the team. He has made 247 appearances for the Reds, scoring 21 goals and dishing out 14 assists.
Van Dijk has been playing well this season as well, tallying two goals and dishing out two assists in 25 appearances in all competitions, with Liverpool chasing a quadruple.
In the Premier League on Wednesday, Liverpool defeated Chelsea 4-1 to take a five-point lead over the defending champions, Manchester City.
In the meanwhile, Klopp’s team will play Chelsea in the EFL Cup final at the end of this month. They will also play Southampton or Watford in the FA Cup’s fifth round and be involved in the Europa League knockout phase.
Real Madrid’s centre back alternatives at the moment are Antonio Rudiger and Nacho, while both Eder Militao and David Alaba are sidelined due to chronic knee issues.
Alaba’s availability won’t return until the following season, but Militao—who sustained an ACL injury in August—is expected to contribute for Real Madrid this year.
With 24 appearances in all competitions this season, Nacho has once again established himself as a key member of the Los Blancos squad. However, his contract at the Bernabeu is set to expire at the end of June.