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Conte Tight-Lipped Over Virgil Van Dijk Interest

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Southampton defender Virgil van Dijk was left on the bench in Southampton's defeat to Chelsea on Saturday, and after the game, questions were raised to Chelsea boss about the player.

The Blues beat the Saints by just the one goal, keeping a clean sheet in the process, through a Marcos Alonso free-kick on the stroke of half-time.

Over the summer, Liverpool and Chelsea were both heavily interested in the Dutch defender but the south coast side held firm and kept their man.

Conte was asked about his interest in Van Dijk but he remained very closed on the situation: " I don't like to talk about other players. It's a lack of respect for my players and other team.

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"He is a really good player. He had a bad injury, but I think he recovered very well. I wish him the best."

It is clear to see the Italian admires the 26-year-old, and the Southampton manager hinted at a departure in January for Van Dijk.

"After, the board can decide all together which is the best for the team... I will repeat that I can't control the market right now. I can't control this.

"I will recommend to try to keep our best player here in the club. The club was clear in the beginning and I have the same opinion."

Whether the Blues need him is one thing, with Andreas Christensen now coming through, but also, if he were to come to Stamford Bridge, it would be with a hefty price tag.