Schneiderlin reiterates desire to play for a 'big club'

The midfielder was a €22 million target for Tottenham during the summer only for Southampton to block the move, but the player still has an eye on a switch elsewhere
Morgan Schneiderlin has reiterated his desire to play for a "big club" but hinted that Champions League qualification could see him stay at Southampton.

The midfielder was a €22 million target for Mauricio Pochettino at Tottenham during the summer but Southampton blocked his exit, prompting an angry outburst on Twitter by the France international.

However, since then new manager Ronaldo Koeman has guided the Saints to second in the Premier League table to the surprise of many, and Schneiderlin feels such form could convince him to stay at St. Mary's.

"If someone had told me at the end of the transfer window that Southampton would be second, I would not have believed it," he told L'Equipe.

"Even though we lost a lot of people, the club has recruited well and a new coach arrived with a new philosophy.

"A career passes quickly and I want to play for a big club. Today I am at Southampton, we are second in the Premier League, it's going well.

"We'll see at the end of the season if [a transfer] will happen. If we have qualified for the Champions League, I will make the choice."