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Newcastle signing Botman ducks Van Dijk comparisons

Newcastle signing Sven Botman has dismissed comparisons with Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk.

When asked in his first interview about media comparisons between himself and Van Dijk, the 22-year-old made it clear he still has a long way to go before reaching the level of Liverpool's fan-favourite.

"I'm far from his level yet! I want to reach that level, that's my goal of course," Botman told NUFC TV.

"Virgil is a great defender but I'm far from his level and playing in the Premier League I can go towards his level.

"One day I hope to be like him but I need a lot of time and a lot of matches. As I said, Newcastle is a great environment to improve and become like him."

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