Southampton star, Morgan Schneiderlin, has said that he is not mentally ready to play for the club when they take on Bayer Leverkusen tomorrow.
The midfielder has been linked with a move to Tottenham Hotspur recently and is desperate to complete the switch to White Hart Lane.
The Frenchman has been trying to force a move ever since the news came through of Spurs’ interest because of the potential step-up in his career and as he wants to link up with Mauricio Pochettino once again.
The 24-year-old took to Twitter when he was informed that Saints were hoping to keep hold of him to say that his time at the club had been ‘destroyed’.
Schneiderlin has been at Southampton since their days in League One and has helped the club return to the top level, but clearly feels his future lies elsewhere now.
His latest comments will come as a blow to his employees and it may twist their arm even further in allowing him to move on if an acceptable bid does come in from Spurs.
Pochettino’s side have had a quiet summer so far, but it is thought that they could bring some big money buys in the near future.
Mateo Musacchio of Villarreal is close to a switch, will they are still very keen on the aforementioned Schneiderlin and his teammate Jay Rodriguez.
Saints’ reluctance to sell the pair, though, comes about due to the fact they have already seen most of last season’s squad taken away from them.
The south-coast side finished in eight place in last year’s Premier League standings, but they have lost Luke Shaw, Calum Chambers, Adam Lallana, Rickie Lambert and Dejan Lovren in a summer of big-name departures.
They are, therefore, under no pressure to sell having raked in a considerable amount of money.
However, Schnerderlin’s latest move may make them reconsider their opinion. Ronald Koeman said today that he remains 'not for sale', but with his attitude the way it is it may end up as another victory for player-power in modern day football.