Schneiderlin to quit Southampton if they fail to finish in top four

Morgan Schneiderlin during a training session wth the France national team ahead of a friendly against Brazil.

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Morgan Schneiderlin has reiterated his desire to leave Southampton this summer if the club fail to qualify for the Champions League.

The France international had looked set for a move away from St Mary’s last summer when he was strongly linked with Tottenham, only for the club to refuse to let him leave.

Arsenal were also reportedly eyeing a £25million move for the midfielder last January, according to the French media.

Saints have exceeded expectation this season in the Premier League under new boss Ronald Koeman and are still in the hunt for a top-four finish, although they are six points behind fourth-placed Manchester United.

However, despite Southampton’s excellent progression this season Schneiderlin, who is currently away on international duty with the French squad, wants to play in Europe’s premier competition.

"In August, I wanted to take a move but the club had lost too many players to agree to sell me," he is quoted as saying in French newspaper L’Equipe.

"Since then I have had discussions with the leaders and I want to play at the highest level: it is important at 25 years old to finally know the Champions League.

"Given that, late in the season, Southampton may qualify for the Champions League and I can stay, who knows. I have no desire to be in front of my TV on Tuesday and Wednesday."