The stand-off between Southampton and their prize asset Morgan Schneiderlin is continuing according to Sky Sports. Former boss Mauricio Pochettino though is still confident Tottenham Hotspur can steal him away from the St Mary’s Stadium.
Southampton have seen a mass exodus of their players this summer with Adam Lallana, Rickie Lambert and Dejan Lovren joining Liverpool, Luke Shaw moving to Manchester United and Calum Chambers now an Arsenal man. When Tottenham announced they were planning to bring Jay Rodriguez and Schneiderlin to White Hart Lane the management at Southampton took a firm stance of “No”.
The 24 year old has been a Southampton player since 2008 and been with the club in League 1, the Championship and the Premier League. He has proved himself has a competent midfielder in all tiers, hence the interest in his services.
The Frenchman took to Twitter to vent his frustrations at the club denying him a move and has hence been told to stay away from the side this weekend before their pre-season match. Ronald Koeman told the press: “The situation is difficult because the player makes it difficult. I spoke to him with our chairman and the situation has not changed – we won’t sell Schneiderlin and he has to accept that. Tomorrow he is not in the squad. He said he is not physically and, even more importantly, mentally prepared for the game.”
It will be intriguing to see if the Saints maintain this hard line and miss out on more cash to keep an unhappy player or if they bow to pressure and sell. They today convinced Jose Fonte to do a u-turn as the defender signed a new contract, surely the ideal situation if Schneiderlin were to do the same.
By Gareth Thomas | August 8th, 2014