Morgan Schneiderlin will consider leaving Southampton for Champions League

Southampton midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin has told French radio that he will only leave St. Mary's Stadium for Champions League football.

Morgan Schneiderlin, who signed from Strasbourg in 2008, had plans to leave Southampton last summer, only for the board to block any move – as reported by the Guardian.

In hindsight, the decision to prevent Schneiderlin from leaving worked out well for both parties as the midfielder played a key role in Southampton finishing seventh this term after losing several major players last summer.

There was good reason to doubt The Saints ahead of the 2014/15 campaign, but that belief backfired once the ball got rolling in August. Ronald Koeman quickly made his presence known in the Premier League and his team played some great football.

This summer, it's important they keep their key players, but after holding on to Schneiderlin last summer, it looks unlikely that they will be able to do the same this time around.

The 25-year-old, who has previously been linked – by the Mirror - with moves to Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur, says he will only leave Southampton for Champions League football - a realistic ambition for a player of his calibre.

"I think my decision is made," Schneiderlin told French radio station RMC.

"I learned a lot last season. The goal is to stay in England. It is a championship that I like and where I have a lot of fun.

"If I leave Southampton, it is for a club that plays better than the Europa League. There are ongoing discussions, but nothing is done. But, of course, the Champions League is my goal.

"If I leave Southampton it will be for a club in the Champions League. I have a two-year contract. If a club pays the right amount for me, it will be time to leave.

"The amount? I have no idea, but I will not leave for a small price. Southampton is known to be a good seller club, the price should be high enough."

For a footballer in his twenties of such a high standard, Champions League football has to be the aim. Schneiderlin has spent six years at St. Mary's, becoming a fantastic midfielder, and now is probably the best time to move on after establishing himself as a top Premier League performer.

If Schneiderlin does leave, it will be a huge loss to Koeman's Southampton side and will leave a big void in their squad to fill.

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