Morgan Schniederlin will be left out of the Saints squad to face Bayer Leverkusen tomorrow as uncertainty continues over his future.
Saints have made it clear that they do not wish to sell the French midfielder, but the player is behind the scenes continuing to push for a move to Tottenham.
It has led to a meeting this morning between the player, manager Ronald Koeman and chairman Ralph Krueger, where it was decided to leave Schneiderlin out of Saints’ final summer friendly.
He has been given the weekend to think over his future before further talks are held on Monday.
Koeman said: “We spoke to Morgan this morning and the situation is difficult because the player makes it difficult.
“I spoke to Morgan with our chairman and the situation has not changed. We don’t sell Schneiderlin and he has to accept that.
“He is tomorrow not in the squad because he said he is not in a physical but even more not in a mental way prepared for tomorrow.
“On one side I can understand that and we said we will give you the weekend off to think about this situation and Monday morning we have a training session and one week to prepare for the first away match against Liverpool. You continue as a football player of Southampton, and now it’s up to him.”
Koeman as addressing the media ahead of tomorrow's final pre-season match, against Bayer Leverkusen at St Mary's, and was asked if he thought Schneiderlin would stay at Saints.
"I don’t know," he admitted. "Of course I like that he will stay because he’s a very good player and a key player in the team. We like to keep them.
"We lost some players and the club did a great job to bring in new ones but now we have to prepare for next week and in that situation we have to do that."