It’s the international break, which means that when news started to go around on Saturday that Virgil van Dijk was on the verge of or had agreed in principle or was otherwise about to sign a new, £200k per week deal running through 2025, people got excited.
I mean, he’s the best defender in the world, the reigning Premier League and UEFA player of the season, the man who turned Liverpool’s defence into the best in Europe and helped the club to their sixth European cup. I mean, lock that down. Give the man his money.
Or not, perhaps. At least not yet or imminently or as soon as. At least according to The Liverpool Echo, who say Van Dijk was “bemused” to hear he was signing a new Liverpool deal given that he wasn’t expecting to sign a new Liverpool deal right now.
There have been rumours in recent months that the club has been involved in low-key conversations about what a new contract would look like for the star defender, but with four years still to run on the deal he signed on joining the club there is no particular rush.
Not for the club and not for the player, who is said to not be angling for a new deal. In fact The Echo go further, saying no formal conversations have taken place between Van Dijk’s representatives and the club—a long ways off Saturday’s agreed a new deal news.