We finally have a bit of good news for Southampton fans in the Football Transfer Tavern who look shot to pieces after a summer which has seen a £93 million combined sale of their best players.
The Telegraph reports that Saints chairman Ralph Krueger has vowed that Morgan Schneiderlin and Jay Rodriguez will not be following the likes of Rickie Lambert, Adam Lallana, Luke Shaw, Dejan Lovren and Calum Chambers out of the St. Mary’s exit doors this summer.
French international Schneiderlin has been heavily linked with a move to Tottenham and has expressed his desire to leave to the Southampton board.
But Krueger’s decision to block the move is one he describes as a ‘turning point’ in the Saints’ summer of turmoil.
“It was an important day,” Krueger says. “It was certainly a turning point but we don’t feel done.”
“In all this most difficult of summers – which I believe never happened before and should never happen again – there is truly a lot of growth going on,” he says.
“We have been in control of this whole process. A crisis would mean we are not in control.”
Krueger also looked to offer an explanation for the wholesale changes that have taken place at St. Mary’s this summer.
“You cannot begin a Premier League season with half of your starters disgruntled,” he continued.
“That was clear to us so we needed to be willing, if a premium was hit, to let players go. We got our premium but we came to a clear conclusion that Morgan and Jay were not going to be sold.”