Morgan Schneiderlin lifts lid on Chelsea midfielder’s wind-up tactics

Southampton midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin lifts lid on wind-up merchant Cesc Fabregas

Morgan Schneiderlin has lifted the lid on Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas’ wind-up tactics earlier this season.

The France international, who is being heavily linked with a move to Arsenal or Tottenham Hotspur in the summer, was sent off in the 88th minute of Southampton’s 1-1 draw with the west London side at St Mary’s on Boxing Day.

Schneiderlin, who has broken into Didier Deschamps’ France side over the past 18 months, revealed that he failed to keep his patience with Fabregas after the former Arsenal captain successfully wound up the Saints man.

Schneiderlin told L’Equipe: “Once this year against Chelsea. I was angry with Cesc Fabregas because he wouldn’t stop talking, putting in small hits.

“It made me lose my composure and, in a move, I forgot that I already had a warning.”

Earlier on Thursday, the 25-year-old fuelled talk of a move to Arsenal or Tottenham at the end of the season after the playmaker spoke about his desire to play in the Champions League next season.

“In August, I wanted to take a move but the club had lost too many players to agree to sell me,” Schneiderlin added.

“Since then I have had discussions with the leaders and I want to play at the highest level: it is important at 25 years old to finally know the Champions League.

“Given that, late in the season, Southampton may qualify for the Champions League and I can stay, who knows.”

Schneiderlin was heavily linked with a move to Tottenham Hotspur last summer, however, the south coast club refused to allow the 25-year-old midfielder to leave St Mary’s following a mass exodus.

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