Saints ace wants more Euro action

Virgil van Dijk is hopeful that Southampton can secure European qualification for a second successive season.

Southampton: Saints ace wants more Euro actionSouthampton: Saints ace wants more Euro action

The 24-year-old Dutch central defender, who moved to St Mary’s from Celtic in a £13million deal last summer, has become an integral part of boss Ronald Koeman’s plans this term.

And with the Saints’ appearing to end the season on a high note, with six wins from their last eight matches, they are very much in the hunt to again snatch a Europa League spot via their Premier League finish.

The side finished seventh on 60 points last term and currently occupy the same position and have the same amount of points with a final day visit of Crystal Palace to come on Sunday.

Three points could take them above West Ham, if they lose at Stoke, and put the Saints sixth and seal a European place and that is what Van Dijk is targeting.

He told the Daily Echo: “Southampton is growing and we want them to keep growing and growing, and hopefully we can achieve amazing things.

“But we need to work hard, stick with both feet on the ground and be humble and work hard and I think everyone’s doing that at the moment. We need to keep doing that.”

He added: “This season isn’t over yet. Hopefully we can do something for Europe and that will be very amazing for a club like Southampton to get it back-to-back.”

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