Speaking to the French Football Federation ahead of representing his nation in the upcoming international matches, Morgan Schneiderlin has dropped a huge hint as to where his future lies.
Schneiderlin, 25, has been a key cog in Southampton’s phenomenal start to the Premier League season as the Saints sit in second and are chasing their highest ever finish in the PL.
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The Frenchman was linked with a move away from St Mary’s this summer and was outspoken in his desire to leave the club. However after having a potential move to Arsenal and Tottenham blocked by the Saints, Schneiderlin remained and has established himself as one of the PL’s finest holding midfielders.
But even though he stuck around on the South Coast after a huge summer exodus from the club, the former Strasbourg star could soon be on his way out.
“I just turned 25, I turned a corner. I want to play for a big club as a career passes quickly,” Schneiderlin said. “Today I am in Southampton. We are second in the Premier League, we have done well. We’ll see what will happen if we are still in the Champions League places at the end of the season and I will make the choice. I will see with my club.”
So, that basically means if Saints do not finish in the top four then Schneiderlin is off. Or he is at least leaning towards that outcome.
As for his potential destination, Arsenal would be a marvelous fit. Arsene Wenger played for Strasbourg, like Schneiderlin, and is known to be an admirer of the lanky midfielder who almost joined the Gunners instead of Saints back in 2008 when he arrived in England as a teenager. His rise through the leagues with Saints has added steel to his silky passing ability and his impressive displays in the PL over the past two years culminated in a late call up to Didier Deschamps France squad for the 2014 World Cup.
Schneiderlin has remained with Les Bleus ever since but if he wants to take that next step in his career and play in the Champions League, plus become a regular starter for France, his future is likely away from Southampton. Arsenal can offer him that next step up, but can they offer the $30 million Saints will likely want for their star midfielder? Wenger should do everything he can to get Schneiderlin. Arsenal are screaming out for a true holding midfielder who can break up the play, has terrific distribution and even pops up with the odd important goal.
Does that sound like someone else? I’m not saying Schneiderlin is the next Patrick Vieira, but he is sure from the same mold as the legendary France and Arsenal midfielder.
The Gunners need extra steel and something different in midfield. Schneiderlin should be their man, if not in January, then at the end of the season.