Southampton midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin has indicated he could walk away from St Mary’s if his side miss out on Champions League football.
The France international voiced a desire to depart Saints during the summer as a number of big names left including Luke Shaw to Manchester United, Adam Lallana to Liverpool and boss Mauricio Pochettino, who joined Premier League rivals Spurs.
Pochettino made a move to sign Schneiderlin for his new side but Southampton stood firm and rejected all offers for the midfielder.
The Frenchman has been in fine form this season, with Saints currently second in the Premier League table and just four points adrift of league leaders Chelsea.
However, Scheiderlin has now suggested he could seek a summer move if his side are unable to qualify for next season’s Champions League as he confirmed his desire to play for a “big club”.
“I’ve just turned 25, I have made a step up,” he told a news conference at the France squad’s training camp ahead of their friendly with Albania on Friday. “A career goes quickly, and I want to play at a big club. Today I’m at Southampton, we’re second in the Premier League and it’s going well.
“We’ll see at the end of the season what happens, whether we’re still in the Champions League places, and I’ll make choices. I’ll see with my club.”
Southampton travel to Aston Villa after the international break and they can be backed at 1.75 to take all three points.
Villa are 4.15 to come out on top and a draw can be backed at 3.48.