​West Ham United manager Slaven Bilic has offered support for Southampton boss Mauricio Pellegrino as the Argentine has been dealing with the Virgil van Dijk transfer saga.


Van Dijk has told Pellegrino that he wants to leave the club and having given an official transfer request, has been made to train alone despite Southampton wanting to keep the centre-back.

Bilic, who endured a similar situation with Dimitri Payet earlier this year, feels that the managers position becomes much more complicated in such situations.




According to the ​Daily Star, Bilic said, “It’s your problem, because when it finishes you are missing something on the pitch. Okay, it’s a club problem but at the end of the day, it’s the manager’s problem. It’s happening now with Coutinho, with Conte and Costa or whoever."


“That’s why I say the game is very simple but the manager’s job is very complicated. Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose - on the pitch and off the pitch,” the 48 year old added.


Southampton have stated their desire to keep Van Dijk but at the same time, are closing in on a new central defender, with Lazio's Wesley Hoedt close to a £15m move.



However, Pellegrino still wants van DIjk to stay and said, “Right now it’s a position that we are at a disadvantage. It is an area where we can improve with another player.”


“Nothing has changed with the Virgil situation. It is the same as last week. He is okay but will not be available to play. Hopefully soon Virgil can come with the team and train with us,” he added.


The two sides clash at the St. Mary's Stadium tomorrow, with both looking to get their first win of the season. West Ham were hammered 4-0 by Manchester United at Old Trafford last weekend while Southampton were held to a goalless draw by Swansea, despite dominating the game throughout.