Saints boss ‘can’t control’ whether Van Dijk will stay

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Mauricio Pellegrino was unable to guarantee Virgil van Dijk will stay at Southampton after leaving the Holland defender on the substitutes’ bench for Saturday’s 1-0 loss at Chelsea. Marcos Alonso’s free-kick was decisive as Saints’ winless run was extended to five games to keep them in a congested lower half of the Premier League table. Van Dijk was one of six changes to the line-up which had begun the midweek mauling by Leicester and his omission at Stamford Bridge sparked suggestions of a January departure. Pellegrino insisted the former Celtic defender remained a key member of the squad after he started the previous 11 games, but would not rule out a move when the winter transfer window opens