Manchester United midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin has revealed that talks were ongoing over his proposed move to Old Trafford from Southampton as early as January.
The France international finally completed a switch from St. Mary’s earlier this summer, having missed out on the chance to move to a Champions League club last year when the Saints put their foot down having already lost a raft of first-team stars.
After the initial frustration had disappeared rumours once more began to surface suggesting that Schneiderlin was a top target for the likes of United and Arsenal.
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As he’s now confirmed - quotes relayed by the Daily Star - there was the possibility of him moving clubs in January, with he and his agent having discussed a transfer to Old Trafford for a number of months.
"Before signing, there were lots of negotiations between clubs, with the agents, there were days of doubt too," Schneiderlin said.
"We were asking ourselves if this was actually going to happen.
"Since January, we had been talking about this transfer, so we had time to prepare ourselves.
"And then, just like that, one evening, I went from Southampton’s pre-season training camp in Austria to Manchester.
"The day after, everything went very quickly: medical in the morning, then the papers were drawn up quickly because we were leaving for the United States at the beginning of the afternoon.
"My heart was pounding hard, but I signed the contract as if I was signing an autograph.
"In the midst of it, I was given club kit and we left for the airport to take a flight to North America."
There can be no doubting that Schneiderlin’s purchase will help Louis van Gaal as he seeks to become a major force both domestically and in the Champions League.
A good addition
What United have missed since the days of Sir Alex Ferguson is a strong central midfield presence, with Michael Carrick often tasked with both breaking up the play and providing most avenues of distribution.
Joined by Germany international Bastian Schweinsteiger however, Schneiderlin can comfortably patrol the area on front of the back four whilst his partner is charged with finding weak chinks in the armour of opponents.
With Carrick still very much on the scene as well Van Gaal looks to have remedied his middle-of-the-park problems in one summer.
Schneiderlin may have kicked up a fuss last summer when his transfer to Arsenal didn’t go through, but he’ll be thanking his stars now given how things have ended up.
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