Southampton facing fight to keep Morgan Schneiderlin

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Southampton look set to face another transfer battle, with midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin reaffirming the possibility of leaving St. Mary's.

The Saints hierarchy held firm this summer when the French ace asked to leave the club to join former manager Mauricio Pochettino at Tottenham.

However, with the dust only just settled from the wrangle and the Saints sat in second in the Premier League, the issue is set to rear it's head once again.

Champions League qualification needed

In an interview with the France Football Federation ahead the country's upcoming matches, Schneiderlin intimated that he would be unable to remain at St. Mary's if the club was not playing Champions League football next term.

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He said: “A career passes quickly and I want to play for a big club. 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."

Star performer so far

After a summer of much deliberation, Schneiderlin has quickly put the troubles behind him and has excelled for Ronald Koeman's side as they have made their way towards to Premier League summit.

Having contributed three goals already this season, the Southampton ace has become one of the best box-to-box midfielders in the league.

That has brought rumours of a move to one of the top clubs back to the surface, although any transfer would involve a hefty fee for a prospective buyer.

Key attributes

Schneiderlin has made a name for himself as a superb passer of the ball, and is able to pick out a pass at any range.

His timing of the challenge made him one of the Premier League's most successful tacklers last season with a 3.4 per game average, and it has continued with 3.9 per game so far this term. (Stats courtesy of

He is athletic and with the ability to score goals and the French star really has it all.

Southampton will be hoping that their fantastic form continues so that they can keep hold of the midfielder for a while longer. Should the Saints fail to make it though, any side that can tempt Schneiderlin to join them will only get stronger with the star in their squad.

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