Southampton midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin says that he has put his rocky off-season behind him and is now committed to the Saints’ cause once more.
The France international has been courted by, among others, Tottenham during the current transfer window, and expressed his desire to leave the St Mary’s Stadium.
However, having already let Adam Lallana, Rickie Lambert, Luke Shaw, Dejan Lovren and Calum Chambers depart, the Southampton board said enough was enough and asserted that no more players would be heading for the exit.
This prompted Schneiderlin to take to Twitter to express his dismay with the situation, writing: “Six years of an amazing journey #saintsfc destroyed in one hour!”
However, speaking after his brace helped Southampton to a 3-1 victory over West Ham on Saturday, he said he now only has thoughts of helping Ronald Koeman’s side, and asked the club’s fans to put his past actions behind them.
“It was a long summer, now I’m focused on my team,” he told BBC Sport.
“I always say that I am happy at Southampton,” he added.
“I’m not going to hide the fact that it has been a long summer with a lot of speculation and a lot of thinking on my side to know if I have to make a big step.
“The club showed that they wanted to keep me. I always had respect for the fans and club. I always give my best and I was just thinking about my future.
“Today it is clear and I just have to concentrate on my football now.”
The 24-year-old joined Southampton from Strasbourg in 2008 and has gone on to make more than 200 appearances for the club.
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