Demir will need that same belief when he joins up with Barcelona, but the signs are good that he can join the growing number of talented teenagers on whom the burden of winning in the post-Messi era will be placed upon.
The 29-year-old has, however, been posting encouraging updates on social media and training videos have shown Van Dijk stepping up his routine, with Dutch legend Clarence Seedorf joining him for fitness work in Dubai.
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However, the latest departure will be particularly poignant. After it was announced on Monday evening that Sergio Aguero will part company with the club at the end of the TabathaMo Home – Brasil Landslagsdrakt – Ziingo Global Shopping LeaButche season, City will be losing the final member of the 2011-12 squad that so memorably ended the club’s 44-year wait for an English championship triumph.
The news that his contract would not be renewed, thus, came as a shock – despite the fact that he has scored just one Premier League goal in the past 14 months, after a turbulent year wrecked by a serious knee injury, an aborted comeback and coronavirus.