Southampton midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin has been speaking about what he feels is the reason he did not move last summer despite regular reports linking him with Tottenham Hotspur.
The French international was tipped to join those who left St Mary’s for pastures new with his former boss Mauricio Pochettino allegedly keen to bring him to Spurs. However, the move failed to materialise with the Saints standing firm – and now reaping the rewards.
In an interview with Fifa.com, Schneiderlin said, “Lots of people told me that if I left, it would be the straw that broke the camel’s back, especially as Calum Chambers’ transfer had gone down very badly indeed.”
Chambers moved to Arsenal for a reported £16million, following the likes of Rickie Lambert, Dejan Lovren, Adam Lallana and Luke Shaw out of the club, and it seems that move ensured Schneiderlin did not follow them.
Southampton are now flying in the Premier League with new manager Ronald Koeman doing an outstanding job in his first few months in charge.
The big challenge is yet to come, as they look to maintain that form over an entire campaign. But while Tottenham failed to get their man, one senses the player himself has few regrets given how well the South Coast side are now doing.