Hip-hop artist Freezy was invited to the event in Shoreditch too and he took on Van Dijk at the hit game.

Freeze tweeted ahead of the evening: “Looking forward to the #FIFA18UKLAUNCH to play the big man himself @VirgilvDijk #YNWA.”

The pair engaged in light-hearted banter while they were there but it led to a tweet after that will worry Saints fans.

Freezy wrote to his 1.2million followers: “Thanks for the FIFA 18 game today and let's have a rematch when you're in Liverpool in January mate @VirgilvDijk.”

Van Dijk was desperate to leave St Mary’s this summer but Southampton dug their heels in and stopped the centre-back leaving.

He himself tweeted last night: “Enjoyed myself at the #FIFA18 launch event, need a rematch with @darealakinfenwa and @rioferdy5 though @EASPORTSFIFA @unilad.”

Southampton manager Mauricio Pellegrino is considering thrusting Van Dijk into his starting line-up in an attempt to shackle free-scoring Manchester United.

Holland defender Van Dijk has not started a game for eight months after suffering a serious foot injury in January and then handing in a transfer request during the summer.