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​Pellegrino challenges van Dijk to win back Southampton captaincy

Southampton manager Mauricio Pellegrino has challenged his centre-back Virgin van Dijk to earn back the trust and his captaincy.

The Dutch defender, who wanted to join Liverpool in the summer, is still on his way into Pellegrino's side, and his absence, Steven Davis is expected to remain as Saints' skipper.

"Virgil is still one of our captains," said Pellegrino.

"I'm not thinking about this (changing club captain).

"But being captain for me, it's not a position, it's a decision: if you want to be captain, you have to deserve it."

Asked if Van Dijk deserves to lead the Saints again, Pellegrino responded: "I will think about it.

"Little by little he's getting better. It's difficult to see the best version of Virgil in his first or second game back, but we have to be patient.

"We've got another two weeks after this game due to the international break, and we'll play a friendly game in the middle.

"We're happy with his attitude, he's helping his team-mates."

Vyom Chaudhary
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