Schneiderlin may leave Southampton if they do not qualify for Champions League

by Ben Topliss

Southampton midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin wants to move away from St Mary’s in the summer if the club do not qualify for the Champions League.

Manchester United are rumoured to be looking at Schneiderlin, who was blocked from joining Tottenham Hotspur last summer by manager Ronald Koeman.

Southampton are currently sixth in the Premier League, six points behind fourth-placed Man United.

Despite their fine form this term, Schneiderlin has insisted he will look for a move away from the Saints if they do not make Europe’s elite competition.

Speaking about his future, Schneiderlin said: “In August, I wanted to take a move but the club had lost too many players to agree to sell me.

“Since then I have had discussions with the leaders and I want to play at the highest level: it is important at 25 years old to finally know the Champions League.

“Given that, late in the season, Southampton may qualify for the Champions League and I can stay, who knows. I have no desire to be in front of my TV on Tuesday and Wednesday.”

United could certainly do worse than Schneiderlin, who has proven himself to be a top class midfielder having played a key role in Southampton’s meteoric rise in English football. The Frenchman, along with Victor Wanyama, dominated the middle of the park when Southampton visited Old Trafford earlier this season as they secured a 1-0 win.

Schneiderlin has also been linked with Arsenal so United would no doubt face competition for his signature should they decide to make a move.

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