Schneiderlin — will he stay or will her go?

Stuck in the middle: Spurs still want Schneiderlin, Saints still not selling

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Southampton have had enough of their fire sale, and poor Morgan Schneiderlin has been left behind.

After losing Adam Lallana, Callum Chambers, Rickie Lambert, Luke Shaw, and Dejan Lovren, new Southampton manager Ronald Koeman has seen enough.

Schneiderlin made a stir when he mysteriously tweeted a week ago “6 years of an amazing journey #saintsfc DESTROYED in 1 hour!” but has gone agonizingly silent since.

Southampton hasn’t budged though, and Koeman has acknowledged that there still remains some sort of a rift between player and club, and they gave him a few days off instead of taking him to their friendly against Bayer Leverkusen, saying he’s not “mentally or physically ready to play” for the team.

But that doesn’t mean they’ll be forced to sell.

‘We spoke to him this morning,” Koeman said. “The situation is difficult because the player makes it difficult. But the situation hasn’t changed. We won’t sell him. He isn’t in the squad tomorrow because he says he isn’t in a place to play. So we’ve given him the weekend off and Monday he has to come back.”

Finally, Koeman stood firm on Schneiderlin’s stance. “Maybe Tottenham is pressing Schneiderlin, maybe the agent is – it’s difficult. If this is still the situation next week, then Morgan has a big problem. You have to know you signed a contract and you have to respect that. We told him to take two days off and think about the situation because we will not change our minds.”

No new news has come out about how Tottenham feel, but he has been steadily linked to the London club since the firesale.

Jose Fonte signed a new three-year contract with the club today, and Koeman confirmed he will be captain of the team in the upcoming season.

VIDEO: Marco Verratti plays a brilliant pass to Eder for Italy goal

PALERMO, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 06:  Marco Verratti of Italy in action during the UEFA EURO 2016 Qualifier match between Italy and Bulgaria on September 6, 2015 in Palermo, Italy.  (Photo by Claudio Villa/Getty Images)
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Italy took a 1-0 lead over Azerbaijan through the in-form Eder in the 11th minute, but the true leg-work (see what I did there) came from bite-sized midfielder Marco Verratti.

The PSG playmaker pinged a beautiful long ball over the top of the Azerbaijan defense that fell right at the feet of Eder, who let the ball settle itself and touched home confidently past Kamran Arhayev for a 1-0 lead.

The goal is the second of Eder’s national career in just five caps, having scored on debut against Bulgaria back in March. He has six goals in seven matches for Sampdoria so far this Serie A season.

Italy needs three points in this match to ensure qualification to Euro 2016. A win would guarantee them a place in the field, while anything less would mean there is work to do in the final match on Tuesday against Norway.


Later in the match, Stephan El Shaarawy gave Italy a 2-1 lead just before halftime, his second career international goal and his first since September of 2012 which came in his third career start.

Agent: Liverpool contacted Klopp only after Rodgers firing

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 09:  Jurgen Klopp arrives to be unveiled as the new manager of Liverpool FC at a press conference at Anfield on October 9, 2015 in Liverpool, England.  (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
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As soon as Brendan Rodgers was dismissed by Liverpool on Sunday, Jurgen Klopp’s name was tossed around as the likely successor to the then-vacant Liverpool managerial position.

However, according to Klopp’s representatve Marc Kosicke, Liverpool did not make contact with the German until after Rodgers had been officially let go.

“The first call from Liverpool came after the dismissal as coach of Rodgers,” Kosicke told Bild. “Before Liverpool there were naturally quite a few inquiries. But Jurgen always asked me not to take it any further.”

Club management was less committal than Klopp’s rep, but did say they had their eye on the German for some time. “We have learned to keep certain matters confidential. We had a meeting recently with Jurgen that he has talked about and I don’t want to talk too much about these conversations. But we have thought about him for a long time and everyone who knows football knows he is an outstanding manager.”

It’s relatively hard to believe Liverpool would have canned Rodgers without knowing for sure that a top-level target such as Klopp or Carlo Ancelotti were on board to replace him. It also would mean discussions of the contract terms and logistics would have moved at lightning speed, with just four days between the Rodgers dismissal and Klopp’s official unveiling.