Virgil van Dijk, a target for Liverpool, Chelsea and Man City, keen to assess options 'halfway through season'

Dutch defender submitted a transfer request during the summer but Southampton were not willing to sell one of their best players.

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Southampton defender Virgil van Dijk has said he has "no regrets" over his failed transfer request and is still open to a potential move from St Mary's in January.

Van Dijk, 26, was left out of Southampton's first-team squad by manager Mauricio Pellegrino after he handed in a transfer request following interest from Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester City in the transfer window.

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The Dutch centre back returned to action, for the first time since January, against Crystal Palace last month but he has again cast doubt over his long-term future at the club.

"Well, a lot happened," Van Dijk told Fox Sports. "Learned a lot, heard a lot, seen a lot and all that. Got some life experience.

"I'm not sorry for anything. 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. Halfway through the season, maybe we can see what's possible."

Van Dijk is currently with the Netherlands squad, who are in a tough qualification battle for a spot in the 2018 World Cup finals in Russia.

The Netherlands are third in Group A, three points behind second-placed Sweden and four behind group leaders France ahead of their matches against Belarus and the Swedes.

The group winners automatically qualify for the finals, with the second-placed teams entering playoffs.