Saturday 16 December 2017

Southampton boss Ronald Koeman tells Victor Wanyama: Be like Morgan Schneiderlin and earn a move to a big club

Ronald Koeman has told Victor Wanyama to follow the example of Morgan Schneiderlin and give his best to Southampton despite wishing to leave the club.

The midfielder was left out of the matchday squad as Saints picked up their first Premier League win of the season with a comfortable 3-0 victory over 10-man Norwich.

Koeman said before the game that Wanyama was not "mentally and physically good enough to play'' against the Canaries and, after seeing his side brush off Norwich courtesy of a Graziano Pelle strike and a brace from Dusan Tadic, he revealed the details of a conversation with the Kenyan last week.

Koeman said: "If Victor shows the commitment to the team and he comes back we would like to have him in the team, that is no problem. The situation with Victor is that he has lost some focus to the team, to the club."

Koeman insists Wanyama will still be a Southampton player when the summer transfer window closes tomorrow evening despite the former Celtic man telling the Dutchman he wants leave St Mary's. "Nobody is for sale," he said.

"That is an easy answer and the player has to accept that, maybe it is good for Victor to talk to Morgan, because I think he is more happy now than he was last year even to do the move he wanted at that moment."

Koeman was referring to Schneiderlin's own desire to leave the club 12 months ago. However, at that time Southampton dug in and told the France international he would not be allowed to go. Instead, Schneiderlin left the club this summer for Manchester United.

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