Schneiderlin: I had no motivation, I was afraid of a nightmare season

The Southampton midfielder reveals the reason behind his summer transfer saga - but says he is 'thrilled' to still be at St Mary's.

With hindsight, Morgan Schneiderlin is probably counting his lucky stars that he stayed at Southampton this summer.

The Frenchman could have joined both Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal, according to reports, and was frustrated that the Saints blocked a St Mary's exit for the midfielder.

In the end, however, a move to north London was not forthcoming. And just look at Schneiderlin now.

The 24-year-old is starring in the Premier League, with Southampton third in the table. Both Tottenham and Arsenal are further down as the Saints continue to defy the odds - Saturday's 8-0 win against Sunderland was a case in point.

In the summer, though, Schneiderlin admits he feared a 'nightmare season' and had 'no motivation.'

"In life, sometimes you need a change to progress," Schneiderlin told French TV station Canal+. "I was afraid to live a nightmare season with all the players who left, and after the World Cup, I had no motivation.

"After all the speculation transfer I knew it would be hard, so I really wanted to make a good start to the season to prove that I was still important to the club."

But, now, Schneiderlin is delighted he has stayed at St Mary's, saying:

"I'm thrilled to be at Southampton. The people trust me and that makes me feel good. I really enjoy being out on the pitch playing for them."

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