Southampton chairman Ralph Krueger's statement has given the club's faithful supporters some hope when it appeared it was starting to run out, by confirming that Morgan Schneiderlin and Jay Rodriguez would not be leaving the club.
After a string of key departures this summer, to see the club digging their heels in and confirming that they will not be allowing any more of the biggest assets to leave is exactly what the fans wanted to hear.
Whilst Schneiderlin has tweeted his displeasure at the current situation, it seems that the club is going to be unmoved despite his apparent feelings about a move.
As well as the players and staff employed by the club, the fans are the most important people to please. They pay their money week-in, week-out and if they see one of the most entertaining sides in Southampton history being pulled apart, it will only force them away.
The comments made by Krueger may have been strong, but that is exactly what they needed to be in the midst of the situation. He said that neither player would be leaving and both would remain an integral part of the seasons squad.
“We see them as part of a core and the core we’ve got right now and in place is a core that is where Ronald [Koeman] would like to go and they a part of that core." he told SkySports.
The only unfortunate thing that happened as part of the reaction to the statement was Schneiderlin's now infamous tweet.
However, contrary to the press speculation it was reported by the Daily Echo that he had not handed in a transfer request despite being unhappy at the stance.
If Schneiderlin does take his spot in the Southampton XI this season they will hope he is in a place where he is prepared to gives his all for his teammates, otherwise their could be further consequences.
That being said, Southampton have set their stall out on the situation and should they go back against their word now, the worst could be yet to come.
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