£25m rated star: I was disappointed not to leave Southampton

Arsenal v Southampton 2012 Pregame with Schneiderlin

Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal linked Southampton midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin has admitted his disappointment at not sealing a move away from the club this summer.

Southampton midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin has publicly admitted his disappointment at failing to secure a switch away from the club this summer.

He has however suggested he is now at ease with the chain of events, and positive about the club's prospects, for the time being at least.

He is quoted in French newspaper L'Equipe: "I will continue to work with my club. Even though there I a little disappointed at not to be able to leave this summer, I know it's part of football.

"Southampton has done everything to keep me and, in addition, they made ​​nice signings.

"It is thanks to this club that I could join the team of France, and now I have to be focused on only Southampton can return regular selection."

Schneiderlin was linked with following Luke Shaw, Rickie Lambert, Calum Chambers and Adam Lallana out of the club, but the Saints were able to stem the flow of departures and keep him put.

Arsenal and Tottenham were linked with him, with the Gunners deciding instead to go with the option of having Chambers available to play in midfield, and Tottenham signing Benjamin Stambouli instead from Montpellier at a cost of £5 million.

Time will tell if Stambouli is a better player or not or as well suited to the Premier League, but with the Saints reportedly pricing Schneiderlin at around five times the amount, it's clear to see why prudent chairman Daniel Lvy decided to look elsewhere.

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