English Premiership

Schneiderlin reveals fan fears

2014-10-07 14:53
Morgan Schneiderlin (Supplied)
Morgan Schneiderlin (Supplied)
Cape Town - Southampton midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin has revealed that the club feared fans would burn the stadium down if he joined the off-season exodus.

The Saints were lambasted for selling Rickie Lambert, Adam Lallana, Dejan Lovren, Luke Shaw and Calum Chambers during the transfer window, while the Frenchman was also keen to leave St Mary's.

However, the club stood their ground and refused to sell, despite Schneiderlin's anger at the situation.

The 24-year-old has now settled into a new-look Southampton side, which has hit the ground running and currently sit third in the Premier League standings.

"I told them I signed for a project that was supposed to keep the best elements to go higher," he told France Football.

"And before that meeting, Lallana, Lovren, Lambert, Luke Shaw and Chambers all left. I asked myself: 'That is not the same situation anymore, that is not possible. What are they doing?'

"At that moment, Southampton didn't hire anyone yet. Chambers signed at Arsenal the day before our meeting.

"And the club started to see the fans were getting mad. They thought: 'If Morgan will leave, the stadium will be burnt'.

"So they guaranteed us: 'Morgan is not for sale. We won't listen to anything. Morgan will stay. That is the project. There is nothing more to say'.

"It was a real shock to me. I thought: 'Why do they block me while I gave my very best and experienced everything with that club.'

"Of course, I was angry."


What To Read Next


Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.
Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

29 October 2016
Sunderland v Arsenal, Stadium of Light 13:30
Manchester United v Burnley, Old Trafford 16:00
Middlesbrough v Bournemouth, Riverside Stadium 16:00
West Bromwich Albion v Manchester City, The Hawthorns 16:00
Watford v Hull City, Vicarage Road 16:00
Tottenham Hotspur v Leicester City, White Hart Lane 16:00
Crystal Palace v Liverpool, Selhurst Park 18:30
30 October 2016
Everton v West Ham United, Goodison Park 15:30
Southampton v Chelsea, St. Mary's Stadium 18:00
31 October 2016
Stoke City v Swansea City, Britannia Stadium 22:00
Team P W PTS
Previous Results

Date Home Team Result Away Team

Who will claim the Premier League title at the end of the 2016/17 season?

Love 2 Meet
Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter


With the Absa Premiership in full swing, who will be crowned champions when all is said and done? Will Mamelodi Sundowns defend their title? Or can Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates or Bidvest Wits mount a serious challenge? Stay glued to Sport24 to find out!

Latest blogs

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.