Southampton chairman Ralph Krueger says the club only sold some of its star players because they were offered "premium prices"

Saints star Jay Rodriguez will not be allowed to follow some of his teammates out of the St Mary's door

Saints star Jay Rodriguez will not be allowed to follow some of his teammates out of the St Mary's door

First published in Sport Basingstoke Gazette: Photograph of the Author by , Chief Sports Writer

Morgan Schneiderlin and Jay Rodriguez will not be joining the list of first-team Saints stars sold this summer.

Saints chairman Ralph Krueger was unequivocal in his message that the French midfielder and last season’s top scorer will not be following Rickie Lambert, Adam Lallana, Luke Shaw, Dejan Lovren and Calum Chambers, as well as Mauricio Pochettino, out of St Mary’s during the transfer window.

“Specifically to Rodriguez and Schneiderlin, they will not be going anywhere,” insisted Krueger to the Daily Echo, in the face of speculation linking the pair with moves to Tottenham.

“We see them as part of a core and the core we’ve got right now and in place is a core that is where Ronald would like to go and they are a part of that core.

“Any reports that Rodriguez or Schneiderlin are leaving or we are in engaged in transfer conversations are totally off the mark.

“They will not be sold.”

Krueger was quick to defend the actions of the Saints board this summer after heavy criticism from worried fans who have seen the team that finished eighth last season dismantled.

He was adamant that all the deals were done on an individual basis and in the best interests of the club.

Saints set what Krueger described as “premium prices” for all the five individuals concerned and said they would have stayed at the club had the price tags not been met.

“We definitely did not put any player up for sale,” said Krueger.“We said from the outset that for us it was important that we would walk through the transfer window under our terms and also with an eye on what was best for the club.

“We stayed patient through the World Cup, except for Rickie Lambert which everybody knows has exceptional circumstances attached to it.

“Some players want a shortcut to Champions League football and we were adamant that without getting a premium this wasn’t going to happen but the way it has evolved is that our executive board has done an outstanding job in that we have received premiums on all those players.

“We don’t want to have players in Southampton playing for the Saints that don’t want to be there at all and see instant gratification in Champions League football and these were deals we needed to make in the best interests of the Saints.

“Taken all together I completely understand people are nervous.

“We didn’t foresee this amount and I think we have reached the end of that.”

Krueger, who also denied accusations that Saints have been bullied by other clubs, players and agents this summer, would not promise that no further sales would take place, aside from the definitive statement on Schneiderlin and Rodriguez which he again reiterated, but insisted the focus was very much on adding to this summer’s two incomings rather than outgoings.

Les Reed has previously “guaranteed” that all funds from player sales will be reinvested back into Ronald Koeman’s squad for next season.

Krueger admitted it is a complex process to weigh that up with transfer fees spilt up in different ways - Bournemouth and Lyon have also got portions of the fees for Lallana and Lovren thanks to sell-on clauses - and that the total amount spent will be broken down into wages and fees.

But as much as Saints fans are desperate for some positive news, Krueger said the club would not be rushed into signing players and that “judgement day” would come on September 1 when the transfer window closes.

“It’s important to remind people of the recruiting staff and the process in the background,” he said.

“Of course it was less complex to sell players when the premium prices were met and it is much more complex to bring the right players in.

“We are not jumping into anything.

“We have a clear clear plan and plenty of targets that fit Ronald’s style and the character of the club and we are continuing to work on them and reinvest the funds.

“Katharina Liebherr has been outstanding and we have the full backing of the ownership to reinvest the funds and that means a combination of transfer fees and wages – it’s not getting x amount in and x amount out.

“We are expecting more investment in that respect.

“We are methodically now going through to find the right deals with the right players and not doing any kind of knee jerk deals just to make people happy but we are confident in the next few weeks when players start to come in people will understand. We are still in the middle of the process.

“Judgement day is the 1st of September and, yes, we would like to have as much of the team together for Ronald as quickly as possible but the transfer window remains open.”

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9:41am Wed 30 Jul 14

Graham, North of Watford says...

Goodness me, this is a tricky one. First and foremost, thanks to the Board for what I personally interpret as a strong statement, a line in the sand if you prefer.

BUT, many of us believe that if a player doesn't want to stick with the Club then he should be alowed to leave.

Interesting to see how this one develops over the next few days.

Personally, I would love it if Morgan eats a bit of humble pie, becomes Club Captain and then moves on, perhaps as early as the end of this season when his value might have doubled.

Allez vous Morgan, une fois un Saint, toujours un Saint
Goodness me, this is a tricky one. First and foremost, thanks to the Board for what I personally interpret as a strong statement, a line in the sand if you prefer. BUT, many of us believe that if a player doesn't want to stick with the Club then he should be alowed to leave. Interesting to see how this one develops over the next few days. Personally, I would love it if Morgan eats a bit of humble pie, becomes Club Captain and then moves on, perhaps as early as the end of this season when his value might have doubled. Allez vous Morgan, une fois un Saint, toujours un Saint Graham, North of Watford
  • Score: 8

9:45am Wed 30 Jul 14

Little Hitler says...

I swear I could have throttled the Talksport interviewers yesterday. Krueger clearly said that every player was assessed separately and that, as a consequence, Jay Rodriguez and Morgan Schneirderlin would not be sold. The question burning in my head was "does that mean they've said they wanted to stay" but it wasn't asked to my total frustration.

In the case of Morgan we appear to know the answer to that, he's been TOLD to stay. And look what's happened, disgraceful from the player (who is midway through a long-term contract signed at his own will) and surely an insight into what the club has had to deal with in terms of the other wantaways. They're damned either way!

Whilst it was good to hear a firm statement from Krueger, what would happen if Liverpool went mad and offered £40m for Rodriguez? Not wishing to be at all critical in the face of positivity from the board but he almost went too far the other way in my eyes.

Still, what he said pretty much tied in with my lengthy post yesterday and I'm certainly more comfortable than I was 24 hours ago. Let's see what the coming weeks bring and that our trust in him and the rest of the club's hierarchy is cemented.

I'll be at SMS for Leverkusen and will be spending a tonne of cash on merchandise so it's definitely innocent until proven guilty in my eyes.
I swear I could have throttled the Talksport interviewers yesterday. Krueger clearly said that every player was assessed separately and that, as a consequence, Jay Rodriguez and Morgan Schneirderlin would not be sold. The question burning in my head was "does that mean they've said they wanted to stay" but it wasn't asked to my total frustration. In the case of Morgan we appear to know the answer to that, he's been TOLD to stay. And look what's happened, disgraceful from the player (who is midway through a long-term contract signed at his own will) and surely an insight into what the club has had to deal with in terms of the other wantaways. They're damned either way! Whilst it was good to hear a firm statement from Krueger, what would happen if Liverpool went mad and offered £40m for Rodriguez? Not wishing to be at all critical in the face of positivity from the board but he almost went too far the other way in my eyes. Still, what he said pretty much tied in with my lengthy post yesterday and I'm certainly more comfortable than I was 24 hours ago. Let's see what the coming weeks bring and that our trust in him and the rest of the club's hierarchy is cemented. I'll be at SMS for Leverkusen and will be spending a tonne of cash on merchandise so it's definitely innocent until proven guilty in my eyes. Little Hitler
  • Score: 12

9:48am Wed 30 Jul 14

batesieboy says...

At last... such a statement would have been welcome a month ago. I do not believe it would have hampered negotiations with other Clubs much. Lets see where we are on Sept. 1st, and again after ten games, to assess.
At last... such a statement would have been welcome a month ago. I do not believe it would have hampered negotiations with other Clubs much. Lets see where we are on Sept. 1st, and again after ten games, to assess. batesieboy
  • Score: 7

10:02am Wed 30 Jul 14

jls217 says...

After listening to the interview and the follow on interview with Rupert Lowe I went to bed in a better frame of mind than has been the norm of late.

Yes I think he may have made a rod to beat himself with when stipulating categorically that neither was for sale.
Of course they are if the price is right - even the wealthiest clubs sell their stars if the deal is right.
A little safer with JRod because he probably won't be fully fit until the January sales anyway.
Does the manager have the resolve to stare down a petulant wannaway like Spyder - remains to be seen.
It all rests on the whim of the owner of course and at any moment any owner can decide to rid themself of the headache if it starts hurting too much. We have to hope the management team give her more reasons to hold on to it than to rid herself of it.
Best season ever cometh.
After listening to the interview and the follow on interview with Rupert Lowe I went to bed in a better frame of mind than has been the norm of late. Yes I think he may have made a rod to beat himself with when stipulating categorically that neither was for sale. Of course they are if the price is right - even the wealthiest clubs sell their stars if the deal is right. A little safer with JRod because he probably won't be fully fit until the January sales anyway. Does the manager have the resolve to stare down a petulant wannaway like Spyder - remains to be seen. It all rests on the whim of the owner of course and at any moment any owner can decide to rid themself of the headache if it starts hurting too much. We have to hope the management team give her more reasons to hold on to it than to rid herself of it. Best season ever cometh. jls217
  • Score: 2

10:10am Wed 30 Jul 14

befriendly says...

Any player is for sale at the right price. Ask Saints reserves up north why they sold Gnasher and if I was already employed by them I'd be worried at not getting a game because of the number of players they are buying.
Any player is for sale at the right price. Ask Saints reserves up north why they sold Gnasher and if I was already employed by them I'd be worried at not getting a game because of the number of players they are buying. befriendly
  • Score: 7

10:41am Wed 30 Jul 14

John Gillham says...

If Morgan still wants to go at Christmas, we are doing well and we have suitable replacements then I think we should let him go. Unlike Shaw and Lovren he's given us six good years. Let's hope there is some good news on the transfer front this week.
If Morgan still wants to go at Christmas, we are doing well and we have suitable replacements then I think we should let him go. Unlike Shaw and Lovren he's given us six good years. Let's hope there is some good news on the transfer front this week. John Gillham
  • Score: 4

11:38am Wed 30 Jul 14

express_a_view says...

THE BAD NEWS

This whole sorry scenario sums up so much that is wrong with modern football.

- Players having hissy fits the moment they are held to contract - did anyone force them to put their signature on the paper. When MS uses emotive phrases such as "destroyed" to describe being held to a contract he actually signed he needs to be sat in front of a news broadcast to get a better comprehension of destruction. When players kiss the badge and then refuse to wear the shirt they have behaved contemptuously.
- Player agents who play off player against club with less morality than your average sewer rat. I often wonder who it is who encourages players to refuse to wear the shirt of their club.
- Inept boardroom leadership that tackles things the wrong way around i.e. you buy in before you release en masse.
- A premier league where money ever more determines league success and anyone with the temerity to challenge the big 6 is used as an academy.
- A national team that seems ever more to be a recruiting sergeant for the big 6. (It is for me the greatest sadness to see so many Saints fans pride in having English players selected for the England squad coming to the realisation that this was part of the present problem.)
- A Professional Football Association that is strong on its members rights but has little to say when they behave reprehensibly.

THE GOOD NEWS

- We have appointed a proven and successful manager.
- We have some wonderful talent coming through.
- We have money to spend to secure some players who may prove to be even better than the ones we lost.
- The summer madness will come to an end and by the end of August the transfer window's closing will let us focus on the game itself.
- We will find out just how much integrity some of our big name players have. If they lack it let them try and sell themselves from the reserves - no one is ever bigger than the club or its supporters.
- We are Saints supporters. We are loyal to our team and will support those who don the Red and White. When all this furore has died down the most important thing is that Southampton FC will go on - with or without the prima-donnas. COYR
THE BAD NEWS This whole sorry scenario sums up so much that is wrong with modern football. - Players having hissy fits the moment they are held to contract - did anyone force them to put their signature on the paper. When MS uses emotive phrases such as "destroyed" to describe being held to a contract he actually signed he needs to be sat in front of a news broadcast to get a better comprehension of destruction. When players kiss the badge and then refuse to wear the shirt they have behaved contemptuously. - Player agents who play off player against club with less morality than your average sewer rat. I often wonder who it is who encourages players to refuse to wear the shirt of their club. - Inept boardroom leadership that tackles things the wrong way around i.e. you buy in before you release en masse. - A premier league where money ever more determines league success and anyone with the temerity to challenge the big 6 is used as an academy. - A national team that seems ever more to be a recruiting sergeant for the big 6. (It is for me the greatest sadness to see so many Saints fans pride in having English players selected for the England squad coming to the realisation that this was part of the present problem.) - A Professional Football Association that is strong on its members rights but has little to say when they behave reprehensibly. THE GOOD NEWS - We have appointed a proven and successful manager. - We have some wonderful talent coming through. - We have money to spend to secure some players who may prove to be even better than the ones we lost. - The summer madness will come to an end and by the end of August the transfer window's closing will let us focus on the game itself. - We will find out just how much integrity some of our big name players have. If they lack it let them try and sell themselves from the reserves - no one is ever bigger than the club or its supporters. - We are Saints supporters. We are loyal to our team and will support those who don the Red and White. When all this furore has died down the most important thing is that Southampton FC will go on - with or without the prima-donnas. COYR express_a_view
  • Score: 11

12:20pm Wed 30 Jul 14

st.ranger says...

jls217 wrote:
After listening to the interview and the follow on interview with Rupert Lowe I went to bed in a better frame of mind than has been the norm of late.

Yes I think he may have made a rod to beat himself with when stipulating categorically that neither was for sale.
Of course they are if the price is right - even the wealthiest clubs sell their stars if the deal is right.
A little safer with JRod because he probably won't be fully fit until the January sales anyway.
Does the manager have the resolve to stare down a petulant wannaway like Spyder - remains to be seen.
It all rests on the whim of the owner of course and at any moment any owner can decide to rid themself of the headache if it starts hurting too much. We have to hope the management team give her more reasons to hold on to it than to rid herself of it.
Best season ever cometh.
I hope you checked your wallet after listening to Rupe, he took a load out of mine over the years!
[quote][p][bold]jls217[/bold] wrote: After listening to the interview and the follow on interview with Rupert Lowe I went to bed in a better frame of mind than has been the norm of late. Yes I think he may have made a rod to beat himself with when stipulating categorically that neither was for sale. Of course they are if the price is right - even the wealthiest clubs sell their stars if the deal is right. A little safer with JRod because he probably won't be fully fit until the January sales anyway. Does the manager have the resolve to stare down a petulant wannaway like Spyder - remains to be seen. It all rests on the whim of the owner of course and at any moment any owner can decide to rid themself of the headache if it starts hurting too much. We have to hope the management team give her more reasons to hold on to it than to rid herself of it. Best season ever cometh.[/p][/quote]I hope you checked your wallet after listening to Rupe, he took a load out of mine over the years! st.ranger
  • Score: 0

12:20pm Wed 30 Jul 14

martin van tuyl says...

Ehhh....Mr Krueger, the 1st of Setember we'll have played a few league games already. I think it would be prudent to get a team up and running by the time we go to Liverpool. As for putting your foot down on Spider and Jayrod...don't you think you should have done that the day the last season ended? I get the distinct impression the board are hopelessly out of their depth.
Ehhh....Mr Krueger, the 1st of Setember we'll have played a few league games already. I think it would be prudent to get a team up and running by the time we go to Liverpool. As for putting your foot down on Spider and Jayrod...don't you think you should have done that the day the last season ended? I get the distinct impression the board are hopelessly out of their depth. martin van tuyl
  • Score: 0

12:24pm Wed 30 Jul 14

Andy Locks Heath says...

Schneiderlin's comment was an insult to Saints fans - in fact to every hard working person everywhere. It gives an insight into the petulant immature selfish attitude of these pampered primadonnas who now infest premiership football. If the SAints Academy continues to produce talent at its current rate then letting spoilt brats like Schneiderlin go for £15m or more is good business. However make him slap in the transfer request first - why should he get a slice of the fee?
Schneiderlin's comment was an insult to Saints fans - in fact to every hard working person everywhere. It gives an insight into the petulant immature selfish attitude of these pampered primadonnas who now infest premiership football. If the SAints Academy continues to produce talent at its current rate then letting spoilt brats like Schneiderlin go for £15m or more is good business. However make him slap in the transfer request first - why should he get a slice of the fee? Andy Locks Heath
  • Score: 3

12:29pm Wed 30 Jul 14

03alpe01 says...

Schniederlin WILL leave
Schniederlin WILL leave 03alpe01
  • Score: -2

1:05pm Wed 30 Jul 14

SPIKEISLANDTRADER says...

03alpe01 wrote:
Schniederlin WILL leave
Oh NO he WILL
[quote][p][bold]03alpe01[/bold] wrote: Schniederlin WILL leave[/p][/quote]Oh NO he WILL SPIKEISLANDTRADER
  • Score: 2

1:08pm Wed 30 Jul 14

SPIKEISLANDTRADER says...

SELL Dani boy to Skateland for 50p , and see how he likes life THERE . just put in a clause , that if SOLD , WE get EVERY LAST PENNY of his sale price !
SELL Dani boy to Skateland for 50p , and see how he likes life THERE . just put in a clause , that if SOLD , WE get EVERY LAST PENNY of his sale price ! SPIKEISLANDTRADER
  • Score: -2

1:30pm Wed 30 Jul 14

Columbo's Glass Eye says...

Someone take that spade out of Ralph's hand. He's gone and dug himself quite some hole!
Someone take that spade out of Ralph's hand. He's gone and dug himself quite some hole! Columbo's Glass Eye
  • Score: 0

4:48pm Wed 30 Jul 14

baldcoot says...

It's nice to see the board reiterating what I've been saying for weeks. I've remained confident and still am that we will still be a force to be re conned with so long as we have strength in depth. Not just a good first team but strength on the bench too.
It's nice to see the board reiterating what I've been saying for weeks. I've remained confident and still am that we will still be a force to be re conned with so long as we have strength in depth. Not just a good first team but strength on the bench too. baldcoot
  • Score: 1

5:02pm Wed 30 Jul 14

Scored raw says...

Every player has a price on his head, and with the lure of a fatter pay cheque they are gone. ITS CALLED GREED
Every player has a price on his head, and with the lure of a fatter pay cheque they are gone. ITS CALLED GREED Scored raw
  • Score: 1

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