Morgan Schneiderlin has issued the biggest 'come and get me' plea after outlining his passion to play in the Champions League, reports The Guardian.
The revelation by Schneiderlin arrives at the end of an admirable season for Southampton as the club finished in seventh place in the Premier League. However, after an early charge for a Champions League spot, the Saints ended the season frustrated and could risk losing some of their more influential players to those above them.
Schneiderlin is just one of the names linked with a move to a bigger side, as Arsenal have reportedly been interested in the defensive midfielder, and will have to face competition from Spurs who are also looking to snap up the player.
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Southampton, going through a mid season rut, looked like they were going to miss out on Europe completely, however, providing things go their way in the close season the Saints could still qualify for Europa League, but Schneiderlin, speaking to a French radio station made it clear this wouldn't be enough.
"If I leave Southampton, it is for a club that plays better than the Europa League."
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Schneiderlin moved to Southampton in 2008 from French side Strasbourg and has slowly cemented his position in the team. The Saints are to make a hefty profit if he is to go elsewhere, setting an asking fee of £25 million.
“The amount? I have no idea but I will not leave for a small price. Southampton is known to be a good seller club, the price should be high enough.”
The Saints are no strangers to the big clubs pinching their stars, as Lambert, Lallana and Lovren will testify, however the side know how to recreate where the holes have formed and will be optimistic they now have time to rebuild should Schneiderlin and Co move elsewhere.
Southampton had to end the season without one of their brightest stars, as Schneiderlin missed the Man City game with a ligament injury, which has also frustrated the player.
“I'll enjoy the holiday to recover. I wanted to wear this jersey again, it’s an honour. So it’s annoying."
The time off to nurse the injury is also a time of reflection for the player who has made such a great impression for the Saints. With a move most certainly on the horizon the player has a lot of time to think about his next move, and Southampton can start the rebuilding process they are so famous for.