Schneiderlin: I want to play in Champions League

The Southampton midfielder has long been linked with a move to Arsenal and he has now admitted that he intends to play in Europe’s elite club competition next season

Southampton midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin has placed even more uncertainty on his future, stating that he wants to play in the Champions League next season.

The France international has long been linked with a move to the Emirates, while Schneiderlin’s former manager Mauricio Pochettino has been keen to reunite with the midfielder at Tottenham.

Spurs’ hopes of landing Schneiderlin have faded in recent months, however, with the club taking steps to identify potential alternatives – including James McCarthy – but the Gunners are believed to retain a keen interest in the 25-year-old, and they have now been boosted in their pursuit after he revealed his intention to play in Europe’s elite club competition in 2014-15.

“I don’t want to be in front of the TV on Tuesday and Wednesday,” he told L’Equipe.

However, Schneiderlin has not set his heart on leaving St Mary’s, revealing that he would stay at the club were they to crowbar their way into the top four between now and the end of the season.

“But at the end of the season, Southampton could qualify for the Champions League and I could also stay. Who knows…”

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