Jose Mourinho has given his thoughts on Morgan Schneiderlin‘s imminent move to Everton this month, insisting that he is both happy and sad to see the Frenchman leave.
It was confirmed earlier today that a £22m bid (rising to £24m with add-ons) from Everton – who had a £19m bid rejected last week – had been accepted.
Schneiderlin made a buoyant start to life at Old Trafford following his arrival in 2015, impressing many with his steel and energy at the base of midfield, but has failed to make a Premier League start under Mourinho.
The 53-year-old, speaking after Man United’s 2-0 win over Hull City in the League Cup semi-final first leg, noted that he would be sad to see the player go, whilst also claiming that a move to Goodison Park is exactly what Schneiderlin wants.
Jose on @SchneiderlinMo4 "Its almost there. I am sad + happy. Sad because I like him + he could be option. Happy because its what he wants"
— Simon Stone (@sistoney67) January 10, 2017
One can hardly blame the Frenchman from wanting to move on. He has, almost since day one under Mourinho, been a peripheral, unsettled figure, reduced to the occasional appearance off the bench, with his only 90 minute stint occurring during a 1-0 loss to Feyenoord in the Europa League back in September.
Reuniting with Ronald Koeman – the man responsible for both overseeing the apogee of the 27-year-old’s career and subsequently selling him to United – seems like a wise move for Schneiderlin.