Morgan Schneiderlin's performances have shown no sign of being affected by the transfer situation that surrounded him this summer.
The French international, who expressed his desire to leave Southampton during the summer window, has again been one of the key performers that have helped elevated Southampton to third in the Premier League.
It would have been easy for the former Strasbourg man to dig his heels in and force through a move in January, but he has held 'clear the air' talks with the Southampton hierarchy and come out smiling.
With Schneiderlin at the heart of his team, Ronald Koeman has a constant presence in the centre of midfield and the team rotates around the Frenchman's movement. Whether he drops off to receive the ball or makes a late run into the box, the end result is always full of quality. As a result, Koeman has made him the centre piece of his team this season.
Schneiderlin makes the modern game look so easy, and with his boundless energy allowing him to surge from box-to-box and his sublime passing range, it is easy to see why he was highly coveted this summer.
Having accepted Southampton's decision that he was not for sale though, the 24-year-old has again been the linchpin around the teams superb start to the season, already chipping in with two goals at West Ham and one at home to Newcastle.
The quality oozing from the Southampton midfielder is clear to see and it seems likely that he will move on to bigger things should Southampton fail to match his ambitions.
For now they lie third in the Premier League table, but whether they can remain there is yet to be seen. If they don't there would be a host of clubs lining up to take the midfielder away from St. Mary's.
Tottenham were interested over the summer with former manager Mauricio Pochettino keen to be reunited with the star, and Arsene Wenger's Arsenal are sure to be interested, having needed a player like Schneiderlin to anchor their midfield for the last few seasons.
Saints won't stop him
If the 5ft 11in star continues to perform to the same level he has over the past 18 months, it wouldn't even be a surprise if one of Europe's elite clubs came in for him, and it would appear unlikely that Southampton could stand in his way should this happen a second time around.
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