Southampton boss reveals Arsenal target free to leave

Southampton manager Ronald Koeman has revealed that even though he wants to keep hold of Morgan Schneiderlin, he will let the player decide his own future, Daily Star reports.

The 25-year-old was close to joining the Gunners during the summer as well as the January window, but it was believed that the Saints were trying to force him to stay.

Schneiderlin has admitted more than once that he was open to leaving at the end of the season, with Koeman set to let him do just that.

“Morgan will be out until the end of the season,” he said.

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“I don’t know [if he’s played his last game], or about interest or about bids.

“There aren’t any serious bids for the player. He is happy but it’s up to the player.”

The French midfielder is in line to miss the remainder of the campaign after picking up a ligament injury in his left knee, meaning he may have played his final game for the club.

Apart from the Gunners, Manchester United, Tottenham Hotspur, and even Barcelona have been linked with a move for the France international over the course of the campaign.

He has featured regularly under Koeman throughout the year, making 27 appearances so far and is seen as a key member of the Saints midfield.