Van Dijk set for Adelaide exit

Van Dijk set for Adelaide exit

By Paul Williams

Wantaway Adelaide United striker Sergio van Dijk has told Asian Football Feast of his ongoing battle to secure a move away from the A-League club, with Indonesia the most likely destination.

Sergio van Dijk

Van Dijk, 30, was today granted compassionate leave from Adelaide United until Monday 24 September to attend to personal matters overseas.

Speaking to Asian Football Feast after Adelaide’s 2-2 draw with Bunyodkor in the Quarter Finals of the AFC Champions League last night, van Dijk appeared dejected as he detailed his current situation.

“My family can’t really adapt to living in Adelaide. I think they miss the support. They’ve been in the Netherlands since March so I haven’t seen them in a real long time,” he explained.

“I’ve been there for holidays, but it’s obviously not the best situation and I want to find a solution. The club knows, and to be honest I think everyone knows but it starts to get really bad now and we have to find a solution.”

When asked if a move to Indonesia, the country of one of his grandparents and where he still has family today, was on the cards, van Dijk didn’t shy away from the suggestion.

“That’s a big possibility of course because my background is Indonesian, but as I said before in the end the club has to agree as well and that’s the main thing I guess,” he said.

It has been reported in the last week that Persib Bandung are interested in the striker, and it is believed van Dijk will talk to the club while he is Indonesia over the coming days.

Van Dijk has made no secret of his desire to gain Indonesian citizenship in order to represent the national team, and a move to Indonesia would enable that process to happen.

“I want to play for the national team, so that’s still on the agenda,” declared van Dijk, who has scored 25 goals in 52 games for the Reds.

In the back of his mind is this year’s AFF Suzuki Cup, South East Asia’s largest football tournament, and being eligible to represent Indonesia in December when the tournament is held across Thailand and Malaysia.

“I would like to be part of that, but if I play at Adelaide it’s almost impossible,” he admitted.

“It would be great to enjoy that and experience it, but if I play at Adelaide that probably will be not a possibility.”

Van Dijk is due back in Adelaide for training on Monday, however it appears it will only be a matter of time before the prolific striker is on his way back to Indonesia, this time for good.

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