Southampton chairman Ralph Krueger is adamant that Morgan Schneiderlin and Jay Rodriguez will not be leaving despite intense links with Tottenham.

The duo are two of only a few of the stars that were instrumental in the Saints’ impressive 2013/14 campaign left on the South Coast, with the likes of Luke Shaw, Adam Lallana, Dejan Lovren and Rickie Lambert having all been sold.

Reports yesterday suggested that Rodriguez and Schneiderlin would follow their former team-mates out of the St Mary’s Stadium exit door, with Spurs said to have been deep into negotiations for a £50m double swoop.

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But Krueger has moved to rubbish claims that the pair are both set to leave:

“Specifically to Rodriguez and Schneiderlin, they will not be going anywhere.” He told the Southampton Daily Echo.

“We see them as part of a core and the core we’ve got right now and in place is a core that is where Ronald would like to go and they a part of that core.

“Any reports that Rodriguez or Schneiderlin are leaving or we are in engaged in transfer conversations are totally off the mark.

“They will not be sold.”

Schneiderlin himself has today been further linked with a move to Tottenham, amid talk that he’s ready to tell Southampton he wants out.

Rodriguez – who is currently sidelined with an ACL injury – has rejected two contract offers from the club.

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