Southampton manager Ronald Koeman has reconfirmed that French midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin will not be leaving the club in the current transfer window.
According to the London Evening Standard, the Dutch coach claims that speculation over the player’s future has now gone away as far as his current club are concerned. Schneiderlin has been heavily linked with a move to Tottenham in this transfer window, with Arsenal also showing an interest.
However, Koeman’s recent comments to reporters seem to suggest the player is not leaving.
He said: “For us the rumours about him have gone away. He played a fantastic match for us against Liverpool, and how he has acted is fantastic.
“He showed his qualities last Sunday and we are happy to have him in our squad. Nothing depends on offers [for Schneiderlin] because he will stay in Southampton.”
Schneiderlin has been subject to bids ranging from £12m to £16m from Spurs, though talk most recently has involved an exchange involving winger Andros Townsend.
However, Koeman also hinted that while the swap deal may not happen, that doesn’t necessarily mean Southampton won’t go for Townsend.
He said “everything is possible” when quizzed about the possibility of a move for the England international.