Southampton chief Ronald Koeman says that Morgan Schneiderlin is staying at the club despite not being mentally or physically ready to face Bayer Leverkusen in today’s pre-season friendly.
The France international has been heavily linked with a move away from St Mary’s Stadium in recent weeks, and has even reportedly asked to be sold.
Arsenal and Tottenham have both been aligned with the silky enforcer, who could become the club’s seventh big name exit of the current window.
Although both London outfits are rumoured to be willing to pay big for Schneiderlin, Koeman says that the player must face up to the fact that he will not be leaving the South Coast before the season starts, even though he won’t feature against Leverkusen:
“The situation is difficult, the player makes it difficult.” He 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.
“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.”
Rickie Lambert, Dejan Lovren, Luke Shaw, Adam Lallana, Calum Chambers and Dani Osvaldo have all left Southampton in recent weeks.