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​Puel: Van Dijk and Fonte to stay at Southampton until end of season

Virgil van Dijk and Jose Fonte will remain at Southampton until at least the end of the season, boss Claude Puel has confirmed.

Holland international Van Dijk is reportedly of interest to Chelsea and Manchester City, while Fonte is liked by Manchester United.

"Of course they will both stay (beyond January)," he said on Thursday. "It's important for them to stay and have a good attitude and improve our position in the table.

"Virgil is a very important player for us and he will stay here. It will be important with Virgil to continue his work and (help us) go up on the table. For me it's not an idea or view with Virgil (to leave).

"(The situation of) Jose is a little peculiar but he is contracted with Southampton. It's always speculation about different players. It's normal because they are great and important players."

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