Southampton’s Morgan Schneiderlin says he may leave to realise Champions League dream next season

Southampton midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin gave the biggest indication that he would leave the South Coast club in order to play for a side in the Champions League next season, reports Sky Sports.

The French international, 25, has been in fantastic form since the Saints earned promotion back to the Premier League, and this season have been on the cusp of finishing in a Champions League place. They are in the top-four for large portions of the campaign, but have recently fallen short, and Schneiderlin has hinted that he’ll leave the club if they miss out come May.

The likes of Tottenham, Liverpool and Arsenal were linked with his services last summer, but the Frenchman was refused a move as Southampton had lost too many players at the end of last season. The decision to keep him has since been a masterstroke as the Saints have enjoyed a brilliant domestic campaign, while the form of the 25-year-old could well see him named in the Team of the Year.

But still the lure of Champions League football is proving stronger than stay at St Mary’s, and the talented midfielder admits his future could lie elsewhere if Southampton miss out on a top-four place, saying: “I have had discussions with the (hierarchy) and I want to play at the highest level. It is important at 25 years old to finally know the Champions League. 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.”

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