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Schneiderlin and Rodriguez to stay at Southampton, says chairman

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Southampton due Martin Schneiderlin and Jay Rodriguez will not be sold this summer, claims chairman Ralph Krueger.

The pair have been heavily linked with a move to White Hart Line to join up with former manager Mauricio Pochettino. Southampton have already sold five players this summer and will be keen to hold on to these two who were a mainstay in there starting 11 last season.

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In an interview with the BBC, Krueger said: "Jay Rodriguez and Morgan Schneiderlin will be in our line-up as we move into next season."

And the chairman added a definitive "They will not be sold."

Midfielder Schneiderlin and striker Rodriguez were both key for Southampton last season and Krueger made it clear he wanted to keep ahold of them, saying: "We see them as a part of our core group of players. Those stories being passed around are quite simply false.

"I did meet Spurs officials in Toronto but not a word was exchanged about players of Southampton."

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Saints finished eighth in the Premier League last season but have had a number of star players leave the club this summer.

Rickie Lambert, Adam Lallana and Dejan Lovren have all made the switch to Liverpool while Calum Chambers and Luke Shaw have joined Arsenal and Manchester United respectively, despite Krueger previously saying the side would not be selling their key players.

With manager Mauricio Pochettino also leaving the club, being replaced by Ronald Koeman, the side are being tipped to struggle this season. If Southampton want to re-create any of the form they showed last season they will need to hold onto Schneiderlin and Rodriguez as well as spending the influx of cash they've made from sales this summer.

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