Southampton won't sell Arsenal and Tottenham target in January, says Koeman

Arsenal v Southampton 2012 Pregame with Schneiderlin

Southampton boss Ronald Koeman says Morgan Schneiderlin isn't for sale in January.

Interest is reportedly mounting in Southampton's French midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin, who has been the key man behind the Saints' success this season.

The former Strasbourg man has been with Southampton through their meteoric rise from League One up to to the top of the Premier League, proving his quality at every level along the way.

Schneiderlin, 25, is now a fixture of the French national team, and his exploits on the South Coast have triggered admiring glances from Arsenal and Tottenham, with the latter managed by his former Saints boss Mauricio Pochettino.

Yet in a press conference today, Southampton manager Ronald Koeman responded to the possibility of selling Schneiderlin for 'big, big money' in January - and said there's no chance it's happening.

"We don't sell in January," said Koeman, who has just had to put the Saints back together following a summer of huge departures.

Out went Pochettino, Calum Chambers, Dejan Lovren, Luke Shaw, Adam Lallana and Rickie Lambert, so it's understandable that the Dutchman wants to keep hold of his star player.

However, Schneiderlin did suggest last summer that his time at Southampton was over with and he needed to move on to bigger and better things - which leaves the door to a summer move open, so hope is not all lost for North London rivals Arsenal and Spurs yet - they may just have to wait a little longer than they'd like.

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