Southampton manager Ronald Koeman insists Morgan Schneiderlin has accepted he won’t be leaving the club, amid on-going rumours of a move to Arsenal or Tottenham Hotspur.
Both north London clubs pursued Schneiderlin over the summer but the Saints managed to fend off interest past the transfer deadline, with the French midfielder since proving an integral part of their successful start to the season.
However, with the winter transfer window fast approaching, speculation surrounding the 25-year-old’s future on the south coast has again resurfaced, as he reportedly continues to stall over signing a new contract.
Koeman does not seem concerned, though, and has pledged that none of his squad will be leaving in the New Year, telling the Daily Mail: “We will sell nobody in January.
“Morgan's attitude is fantastic - everybody knows that he had a difficult time in the summer, but finally he accepted his situation and he's doing his best and looking forward to returning to playing.”
With both Maya Yoshida and Sadio Mane heading off to the Asian Cup and African Cup of Nations, respectively, in the coming weeks, Koeman has in fact admitted that he might be forced to dip into the transfer market himself.
“If everybody's available we don't need somebody,” he added.
“But we will lose two players in January to different tournaments: Mane will go to the African [Nations] Cup and Yoshida will go to the Asian tournament.
“That means two players less - maybe for that we need some players, but we have to talk about that inside and make decisions.
“But I think we need one or two players.”
Southampton sit fifth in the Premier League table at present, having lost three straight games to Manchester City, Arsenal and Manchester United, but travel to Burnley on Saturday afternoon with the aim of getting their European push back on track.