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Published: 14:24 | 7/5/16

Van Dijk commits to Saints

Virgil van Dijk has committed his future to Southampton by signing a new six-year deal with the Premier League club.

The Dutch defender moved to St Mary's from Celtic last summer and has featured in every Premier League game for the Saints this season.

Having impressed in his debut season in the Premier League, the 24-year-old has been rewarded with a new deal that will keep him at the club until the summer of 2022.

"I'm so pleased, I'm so happy. It's been amazing. It's only positive," he told the club's official YouTube channel.

"The club is growing and I definitely want to grow with them, that's how I feel. Hopefully we can make it happen."

Executive director of football Les Reed added: "In his first year with the club, Virgil has quickly established himself as one of the top centre-backs in the Premier League, becoming an integral part of what has been another strong season for the team.

"At 24, and with significant European experience already under his belt, we believe he can be a key pillar in our squad for years to come, and we are delighted to have agreed this new deal with him.

"Although Virgil only joined us in September we felt it was important to strengthen our commitment and we believe this also provides further indication of how serious our ambitions are for the coming years."

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