Morgan Schneiderlin says he remains committed to Saints and has told supporters he would never disrespect them.
The French midfielder proved to be a hugely influential presence at West Ham this afternoon, scoring twice as Ronald Koeman’s men came from a goal down to win 3-1.
Before the season began, though, it had looked uncertain whether or not Schneiderlin would remain a part of the team, particularly after an outburst on Twitter that followed the board telling the Tottenham target he would not be sold.
Schneiderlin had written: “6 years of an amazing journey #saintsfc DESTROYED in 1 hour !!!”
However, the 24-year-old has since accepted the club’s stance and has started each of their three Premier League games so far this season.
After today’s match, he said: “Of course, there was a lot of talk, a lot of things going on.
“Southampton made it clear that they didn’t want to let me go, that they refused some offers.
“I’m not here to speculate about anything, but like I always said in the first six years the fans in the club have been very good with me.
“If someone felt that I disrespected the club by saying the things that I said, I want to say to the fans that I would never disrespect the fans, because I have a lot of respect. They’ve been very nice with me for six years.
“I can say sorry. But my job now is to show on the pitch that I am committed to Southampton, that I play my best – that’s the most important thing for me.”
France international Schneiderlin, who was speaking in an interview with the club, added: “That win was very important for us. Today we wanted to make a statement.
“It’s never easy to come to West Ham and put in a performance like we did, so we are very happy to play so well.
“We had a good performance, but the main thing was the character of the team."