Morgan Schneiderlin has expressed his desire to play Champions League football and is more than good enough to move to one of England’s top teams.
Southampton have had an excellent 2013-14 season, with the south coast club exceeding expectations in a memorable campaign.
However, success brings problems for clubs of moderate means, with some of the Saints’ top players and their manager in demand this summer.
Although the likes of Luke Shaw and Adam Lallana are rightly being pursued by some of England’s top teams and there are rumblings over Dejan Lovren’s future, there is another star that has shown that he has all the abilities to make a step-up.
Morgan Schneiderlin has been with the St Mary’s Stadium outfit for a number of years and has progressed along with the club since signing from Strasbourg in 2008.
The French midfielder has recently been named as a back-up player in Didier Deschamps’ World Cup squad – something he thoroughly deserves.
Despite the presence of top-class central midfielders such as Paul Pogba, Yohan Cabaye, Blaise Matuidi and others, Schneiderlin has showcased poise on the ball and the versatility to suggest he can go toe-to-toe with these illustrious compatriots.
However, with his competition for a national spot all playing regularly in the Champions League and fighting for their respective domestic silverware, it is only natural that they will have one up on the Southampton man.
Although Saints fans will have their collective fingers crossed that Schneiderlin stays with the club this summer, they cannot be angry with his ambition to play at the highest club level possible and hence get more national recognition.
With every chance that Schneiderlin will miss out on this summer’s tournament in Brazil, a move to a top four club in England seems like the logical choice to progress his career.