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Virgil van Dijk open to January transfer: 'We can see what's possible'

Alison Bender and Mark Ogden discuss what would happen if Netherlands doesn't qualify for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

Virgil van Dijk says he's open to more bids for his services in January after a turbulent summer saw him remain at Southampton despite multiple exit links.

A move to Liverpool failed as the Merseyside club were accused of tampering and then had to apologise to Southampton.

The player then submitted a transfers request that was denied, but Van Dijk told Fox Sports in the Netherlands he has "no regrets" after attempting to force a move away from St Mary's.

"Well, a lot happened," he said. "Learned a lot, heard a lot, seen a lot and all that. Got some life experience. But I am happy I am fit and I can give a 100 percent again."

Van Dijk has more than five years left on his Southampton contract, but would not rule out another push to leave the club in the next transfer window.

"Of course, I wanted to make a step up, but Southampton did not want me to sell me, but you're a professional, so now I'll give everything to the club," he said. "Halfway through the season, maybe we can see what's possible."

Virgil van Dijk remains unsettled at Southampton.

Van Dijk did admit to some consternation while simultaneously dealing with the transfer saga, an injury and the woes of Netherlands, who have endured another disappointing qualification campaign.

Asked if he was frustrated this summer, he said: "Yes, when you are injured, it is never fun to be injured and especially not how things went on in regards to the club and with the Dutch national team."

Netherlands have two World Cup qualifiers left against Belarus and Sweden, but they trail the Swedes by three points for a UEFA playoff spot.

That could lead to a final game against Sweden in which the Dutch must turn over a large goal difference to finish second in Group A

But Van Dijk's teammate Vincent Janssen said Netherlands will not push for a high tally in their first game against Belarus to make up what is now a six-goal differential.

"Well, we just have to win it," Janssen told Fox. "You want to be able to decide your own destiny in the last game and that is the most important. You cannot forfeit everything in order to force a lot of goals.

"In the end, it is about winning the game and if that goes well, than are the goals also important of course. But we have to make sure to get three points in Belarus than we start to worry about the rest."

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