​Southampton defender Virgil van Dijk appears set to remain at St Mary's stadium this summer after he played a starring role in the club's kit launch for next season. 


The Dutchman's future has been uncertain for several weeks now and had looked set for a move to Liverpool with some reports suggesting earlier this month that he was close to agreeing personal terms. 

However, the Reds were forced to drop their interest in van Dijk after being accused of tapping the player up by Southampton. 


The Saints have remained strong in their conviction that they will not be selling the centre-back to any club this summer and though Van Dijk himself has yet to confirm this himself, his starring role in Southampton's kit launch would suggest he remains part of the club's plans for next season. 

The Netherlands international was one of four players modelling the new home strip by Under Armour. Both of Southampton's kits for next season are understood to be inspired by ones from the early 80's and though the colours of the home top remain the same, the away strip changes to black and blue stripes. 


Speaking to the ​Mirror about the club's new kits, David Thomas, Commercial Director of Southampton, said: "The launch of the new kit is the first chapter in the story of our fans' seasons.

"We wanted to combine the innovative nature of our partnership with Under Armour with a tongue-in-cheek nod to the match day heroics of our First Team squad.


"We are always proud to present the latest edition of the kit, and we think the eye-catching retro design will capture the imaginations of fans young and old.

"Under Armour continue to give our players the tools required to reach their potential, and these kits are no different – we are looking forward to August already."


Southampton kick-off their Premier League season by hosting Swansea City before they then travel to the London stadium to face West Ham.