The Dutch defender was singled out by a famous English newspaper for leading the Netherlands squad in their revolt against the potential appointment of Louis van Gaal.
Following the resignation of Frank de Boer, theNetherlands
have started their efforts to find a new coach ahead of their World Cup qualifying games. The former Oranje manager
Louis van Gaal
has been mooted as the most likely replacement for De Boer. However,The Mirror
has claimed that Liverpool’sVirgil van Dijk
is leading a group of Dutch internationals who are rallying to prevent the appointment.
According to the report, Van Dijk is interested in working with the former Chelsea assistant
Henk ten Cate
as the national team’s manager. The Liverpool center-back reacted to the newspaper's story, labeling it as ‘completely false’ in a Twitter post.
"This story is completely false,"
Van Dijk wrote on his Twitteraccount
"It’s never been more important for journalists to tell the truth and not just make stuff up. Shame on you Mr Mullock."
Van Gaal has previously guided the Oranje to a third-place finish at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. The former Manchester United boss might be lured out of retirement just weeks before his 70th birthday. However, the KNVB supervisory board is yet to give its official approval regarding the appointment.