Reported Tottenham target Schneiderlin reveals why he didn't leave Southampton last season

Arsenal v Southampton 2012 Pregame with Schneiderlin

Morgan Schneiderlin has confirmed that he was close to leaving Southampton last summer.

Speaking to L’Equipe, and quoted by Sport Witness, Saints star Schneiderlin has revealed the reason that he did not leave St Mary’s Stadium last summer, despite intense transfer interest.

The classy midfielder said: “In August, I wanted to move, but the club had lost too many players to agree to sell me.”

25-year-old Schneiderlin was one of the most in-demand transfer targets of last summer, with the Mirror naming Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal as the two most likely clubs to secure his signature.

On the back of an incredible season under the tutelage of Mauricio Pochettino, the holding midfielder was considered as one of the players who could follow him out the door to White Hart Lane.

Arsenal’s reported interest came from their long-standing need for a top-level defensive midfield, and Arsene Wenger’s penchant for French players.

This campaign has seen another impressive run of performances by the six-capped French international. 22 games in the Premier League have brought three goals, and he has been instrumental in the Saints’ strong performances at the top end of the table.

Having admitted that he wanted to leave St Mary’s in August it will come as little surprise, as it did appear that Schneiderlin was pushing for a transfer last summer. However, staying at the club due to them losing too many players is a surprising reason.

Many criticised the Saints for selling the likes of Luke Shaw, Adam Lallana and Dejan Lovren last season, but those exits may have just been the reason that Schneiderlin remained at St Mary’s for this impressive campaign.

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