Southampton midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin is once again attempting to force a move away from St Mary’s Stadium.
Last summer, amid a flurry of transfer departures from the club, Southampton refused to allow Schneiderlin to leave despite the midfielder’s desire to ply his trade alongside Europe’s elite teams.
Schneiderlin and club officials held face to face meetings only for the player to be told he would not be allowed to leave Southampton – with Arsenal and Tottenham rumored to be possible destinations.
Shortly after those discussions were held Schneiderlin took to his Twitter account to vent his frustrations. The midfielder tweeted: “6 Years of an amazing journey #saintsfc DESTROYED in 1 hour !!!”
In March, the 25-year-old reiterated his desire to leave Southampton again if the club failed to qualify for the Champions League, and it now appears the midfielder is ready to force manager Ronaldo Koeman into sanctioning a move.
“I think my decision is made,” Schneiderlin said. “I learned a lot last season.
“The goal is to stay in England. It is a championship that I like and where I have a lot of fun. If I leave Southampton, it is for a club that plays better than the Europa League.
“There are ongoing discussions but nothing is done. But of course the Champions League is my goal. If I leave Southampton it will be for a club in the Champions League.
“I have a two-year contract. If a club pays the right amount for me, it will be time to leave. The amount? I have no idea but I will not leave for a small price. Southampton is known to be a good seller club, the price should be high enough.”
Arsenal are reported to be Schneiderlin’s biggest suitor, but the Gunners would have to pay around £25 million for the France international’s services next season.
Schneiderlin miss the last four games of the season with a knee ligament injury. The midfielder gave a brief update on his rehabilitation.
“My injury is getting better. I still have the left knee ligament that suffers a bit, but I can run,” he added.
“I’ll enjoy the holiday to recover. I wanted to wear this jersey again, it’s an honor. So it’s annoying. But then I’ll be able to recover and have a good season next year.”
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