Schneiderlin departs

By SFC Media Mon 13 Jul First team

Southampton Football Club can confirm that Morgan Schneiderlin has joined Manchester United, ending a seven-year spell at St Mary’s.

The Frenchman moved to Saints as an 18 year-old at the beginning of journey that saw him experience relegation, administration, two promotions and international recognition.

Schneiderlin, who was crowned the club’s player of the season in 2012/13, has played a key role in Southampton’s revival and establishment in the top flight.

He now departs for pastures new, moving to Old Trafford ahead of the coming campaign.

Executive Director of Football Les Reed commented: “Morgan leaves with our sincere appreciation for his service across the past seven years.

“He has been a pivotal figure in our journey from a club in administration and playing in the third tier to one established in the Premier League and set for its first taste of European football in more than a decade.

“Likewise, Southampton has helped Morgan develop from a young and inexperienced midfielder into a fully-fledged international with hundreds of club appearances under his belt, despite his relatively tender years.

“Even in the face of mounting transfer speculation across the past 18 months, he has conducted himself superbly and now moves on with our gratitude.

“Morgan’s departure is one that the club has had to be fully prepared for, and we are well under way with our plans to strengthen our midfield ­– both with players emerging from our academy and from outside the club.”

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