Morgan Schneiderlin discusses blocked Tottenham move
Southampton midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin admits he did want to leave to join a club playing in Europe this summer
Morgan Schneiderlin has ended his silence about his blocked move to Tottenham Hotspur this summer.
The France international was the subject of a reported £20m bid from the north London side as former Saints manager Mauricio Pochettino attempted to prise the midfielder to White Hart Lane in August.
However, Southampton rejected the offer and informed Schneiderlin that he was not for sale after selling Rickie Lambert, Adam Lallana, Dejan Lovren, Luke Shaw and Calum Chambers.
The 24-year-old took to Twitter after holding talks with Southampton, blasting the south coast club’s decision.
6 years of an amazing journey #saintsfc DESTROYED in 1 hour !!!
— Morgan Schneiderlin (@SchneiderlinMo4) July 29, 2014
But the long-serving Saints midfielder appears to have come to terms with the decision and is recommitting himself to Ronald Koeman’s Saints side.
“My situation was simple, I wanted to take the next step and play for a club playing in the Champions League or the Europa League,” Schneiderlin told RMC.
“There were offers on the table but Southampton made their choice clear about keeping me as there were a number of departures this summer.
“I could not afford to clash with the club supporters who have been very good to me. It would not have been the right way to leave the club.”
Schneiderlin scored his first Premier League goal of the season to help the Saints seal a 3-1 win at West Ham United last month.