Schneiderlin has been close to leaving Southampton for a number of years now, and he has been quoted by GFN France during an interview with L'Equipe as explaining what will need to happen if he is to stay there this summer.
Speaking to L’Equipe, the midfielder said: “I have had discussions with the representatives and I want to play at a higher level. It is important, at the age of 25, to finally experience the Champions League.
“After that, at the end of the season, Southampton might qualify for the Champions League and I could also stay. But well, I don’t want to be sitting in front of my TV anymore on Tuesday and Wednesday nights.”
The need to qualify for the Champions League means that the likely clubs to secure Schneiderlin’s signature in the summer are the ones already in the top four. Chelsea, Manchester City, Arsenal and Manchester United look well set to retain their places at the top, and Arsenal, who have been heavily linked with the French international before, would seemingly be in the driving seat for his signature.
The Sun have linked the midfielder with a transfer to the Emirates on many occasions and, with them flying high in the league, a summer transfer is looking increasingly likely.
Having been so impressive in the Premier League this season, Southampton can feel aggrieved to have missed out on a top four place, with the season drawing to a close. If securing Champions League football was the only way to ensure Schneiderlin stayed at the club, it now looks as if he will be leaving.