Schneiderlin has proved himself to be one of the Premier League’s top enforcers since the Saints’ top flight ascension in summer 2012, this year registering at seventh in the division’s tackle charts.
He was resultantly linked with the Lilywhites, the Gunners and Liverpool throughout the summer before having an infamous bust-up with the south coast outfit’s director and management staff, who refused to let him leave.
“Lots of people told me that if I left, it would be the straw that broke the camel’s back, especially as Calum Chambers’ transfer had gone down very badly indeed,” the 25 year-old revealed in a recent interview with FIFA.com.
“That was when the club realised that it had to stop, because the fans were already quite angry.
“One player doesn’t make a team, but by not letting me leave, the club was sending out a strong signal that it was still in control,” the France international continued.
Schneiderlin has started the current season in equally strong form however and some reports claim Spurs or Arsenal could launch a swoop for his services in January.