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Southampton's Morgan Schneiderlin will not leave the Saints during the January Transfer WindowReuters

Morgan Schneiderlin has gathered interest from a host number of clubs, such as Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United, with Gunners touted as favourite to land the Southampton player.

The Southampton midfielder had been a top target of some top English clubs during the summer, but the Saints played hardball and did not allow him to move, despite the player's interest.

This time around, the player has himself stated that he would not be moving to any other club, during the January transfer.

Though, a summer move cannot be ruled out.

Ever since his move from Strasbourg, French club in 2008, the midfielder has been a mainstay in Southampton's line-up. He has represented the Saints 216 times, scoring 13 goals.

"It's always difficult to leave in January," he told Telefoot, a French TV show.

He has even improved his game after the Saints were promoted to the EPL since 2012-13 season, after which the player has played an instrumental role in Southampton's progress.

"I think I'll finish the season at Southampton and we'll see what will happen next. I don't set my mind on these things anymore.

"What should happen will happen. Since this summer, I learned that you should never think that you're gone before you actually did."

As a result of which, clubs trying to attract him to their respective clubs need to turn their heads around and look for other players in the same bracket.

Arsenal and Tottenham were said to be ready to pay around £27million for Schneiderlin, while Manchester United might have tried to lure the player to Old Trafford.

Irrespective of what happens during the January transfer window and if the player sticks to Southampton, one thing is assured that a number of top clubs would come calling to sign the French midfielder in the summer.

Depending on his performances in the remainder of the season, apart from the mentioned clubs (Manchester United, Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal) other top clubs from across the continent may also be eager to land the player.

With Southampton lying fourth in the English Premier League's standing table, the Saints are in for a champions league spot and if it remains the same, Southampton may part ways with Schneiderlin only if a huge offer comes through.

The French player would definitely want to play for a bigger club, given the talented player he is. But, Schneiderlin needs to understand that playing for a bigger clubs invites huge expectation.

Is he ready to face such pressure from fans and critics alike?