Schneiderlin could seek summer Southampton exit

Morgan Schneiderlin has again raised question marks over his Southampton future, by revealing his ambition to play in the UEFA Champions League.

The Saints lost a number of key players during the summer transfer window, with Liverpool taking Adam Lallana, Dejan Lovren and Rickie Lambert, whilst Manchester United signed Luke Shaw, and Arsenal raided the South Coast club for Calum Chambers. It looked for a while as though Schneiderlin would follow suit, with the Gunners and Tottenham Hotspur said to be keen.

The France international midfielder was also believed to be interested in making the move to the capital, but the St Mary’s club made it clear he was not for sale at any price. So he has remained in the Southampton side this season, and he has made a big contribution as Ronald Koeman’s outfit have been the surprise of the campaign thus far as they sit second in the table.

As pleased as he is with these performances, Schneiderlin, though, appears to have not yet ruled out leaving the club in the near future. Indeed, unless they finish in the top-four this term, the 25-year-old has revealed he may consider his future at the end of the season as he looks to show he is capable of playing at the very highest level, namely the Champions League.

“A career passes quickly and I want to play for a big club,” the former Strasbourg man told the France Football Federation’s official website. “Today I am at Southampton. We are second in the Premier League, it is going well. We’ll see at the end of the season what will happen if we are still in the Champions League places and I will make the choice. I will see with my club.”

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