Southampton defiant as Liverpool and Man City targets Van Dijk and Bertrand star in kit launch

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The Saints pair have been heavily linked with a move to a Premier League rival this summer, but their current club are clearly expecting them to stay

Virgil van Dijk and Ryan Bertrand are attracting interest from Liverpool and Manchester City, but Southampton have them starring in their new kit launch.

The Saints have remained adamant throughout the regular rounds of rumours that they have no intention of parting with more prized assets, having seen a steady stream of talent leave the club in recent years.

Why everybody wants Van Dijk

That has, however, done little to curb the speculation, with Netherlands international Van Dijk reported to be drawing admiring glances from Premier League heavyweights Liverpool, Arsenal and Manchester City.

Fellow defender Bertrand is also attracting interest, with Goal revealing that the England international is among those on Pep Guardiola’s wish list at City.

Southampton, though, are remaining defiant and have put the pair front and centre in the promotional imagery pushed out alongside their kit for 2017-18.

Van Dijk has caught the eye during his two seasons in England, with Southampton having snapped him up from Celtic in 2015.

He saw his 2016-17 campaign cut short by injury, but not before enhancing his reputation.

'Van Dijk could play for Madrid or Barca'

Bertrand, meanwhile, has shown himself to be a top level performer after finally giving up on Chelsea in 2014 and completing a permanent switch to St Mary’s.

He was an England international when he arrived, but has been able to take his tally of caps to 14 while with the Saints and impressed during recent meetings with Scotland and France.

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