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Arsenal And Tottenham Transfer Target Admits He Does Not Want To Play For Current Club

Schneiderlin is not physically or mentally ready according to Koeman.

The transfer saga involving Southampton midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin is far from over despite the club declaring he is not for sale this summer.

As the Daily Star reports both Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur are keen on signing the 24-year-old as the exodus from St Mary’s looks set to continue.

Since the conclusion of the 2013/14 season Rickie Lambert, Adam Lallana and Dejan Lovren have been sold to Liverpool, Luke Shaw has joined Manchester United, the Gunners have signed Calum Chambers and manager Mauricio Pochettino has taken over as boss at Spurs.

Pochettino’s replacement Ronald Koeman has quite the task on his hands to steady the Saints following so many departures and the Dutchman has admitted Schneiderlin is not ready to play for his team.

“The situation is difficult, the player makes it difficult,” Koeman told BBC Sport.

“I spoke to him with our chairman and the situation has not changed – we don’t sell Schneiderlin and he has to accept that.

“Tomorrow he is not in the squad. He said he is not physically and, even more, mentally prepared for tomorrow. On one side I can understand that. We told him to take the weekend off and think about the situation.

“He will continue as a football player of Southampton. Now it is up to him.”

Chairman of the Hampshire club Ralph Krueger has twice publicly declared that the France international is not for sale, but Schneiderlin has since made it clear that he is not happy with that decision.

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