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De Boer enthuses: Southampton defender Van Dijk has made unbelievable progress

Dutch legend Ronald de Boer is full of praise for Southampton defender Virgil van Dijk.

The Dutchman is unlikely to play again this season, but De Boer has no doubts about his quality.

He told talkSPORT: “He has made a transition in a positive way.

“Under Ronald Koeman at Southampton he made unbelievable progress and now this year he is one of the top defenders in the Premier League.

"When he was at Groningen he did OK, he was physical, but we Dutchmen always want defenders to play with the ball and that is something we thought was not his best thing. But now he does that.

“His passing is excellent but, most importantly, his defending is outstanding. He is showing it week in, week out in one of the toughest leagues in the world."

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