Saints will not be selling anyone in January – incuding Morgan Schneiderlin.
Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur may well have to look elsewhere if they are determined to sign a defensive midfielder in the January transfer window, with the Mail reporting that Southampton manager Ronald Koeman has insisted that the Saints will not be selling any of their players in the January transfer window – including sought after Frenchman Morgan Schneiderlin.
Schneiderlin has been perpetually linked with both North London giants and, whilst their advances were rebuffed in the summer despite Southampton selling numerous other first teams stars, reports have suggested that both sides are considering returning for Schneiderlin when the January transfer window opens.
It would appear that any efforts they make would be in vein, however, with Koeman and the Saints determined to keep together a side that has significantly overachieved so far this season and still finds itself on the fringes of the Champions League places despite three straight defeats.
Koeman was extremely forceful in insisting that his club would not sell when pressed on the issue during his press conference ahead of the weekend’s Premier League action:
“We will sell nobody in January. Morgan’s attitude is fantastic – everybody knows that he had a difficult time in the summer, but finally he accepted his situation and he’s doing his best and looking forward to returning to playing.”
Schneiderlin had complained on Twitter after Southampton refused to sell him in the summer, but his fine displays in midfield for Koeman this season has rebuild his relationship with the club.