Van Dijk concedes the pressure is something that turns him off.
"At the moment I don't think the profession of trainer is reserved for me," Van Dijk told Optus Sport. “The world can be very cruel. There are many people with opinions and that can affect you. I would prefer not to end up in such a situation.
"But I do expect that I am still active in football.
“I certainly don't want to become an analyst, because then I may have to say things that I don't support at all. We will see."
The defender, however, casually hinted at a role as a scout.
"I do have an eye for talent, so maybe I will do something with it."