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Southampton hope to keep Morgan Schneiderlin and Toby Alderweireld

Ronald Koeman knows Southampton to face a battle to keep hold of Morgan Schneiderlin and Toby Alderweireld this summer.

Schneiderlin is being tracked by Arsenal and Chelsea, while Atletico Madrid could activate a clause to take Alderweireld back from his loan spell. But Koeman is hoping that Saints' successful season in the Premier League will help persuade both to stay.

France international Schneiderlin, 25, was forced to stay at St Mary's last summer as most of the club's other star players were sold on for a huge profit -- with Adam Lallana, Dejan Lovren and Rickie Lambert. But it may not be as easy to ignore transfer bids at the end of the current campaign.

"It's for the player to decide, but he's happy at the moment," Koeman told the Southern Daily Echo. "It's up to the player what he wants to do. He was surprised how we are doing and how comfortable he is in the team.

"It will be hard [to keep him], when there's interest in the player it's very hard of course but normally if we play a season like we have done so far there will be interest.

Southampton's midfield will be shored up thanks to the return of Morgan Schneiderlin from suspension.
Morgan Schneiderlin will be the target of the Premier League's top clubs this summer.

"We know our players, we know our level and it's a compliment for the team and for the club."

Southampton have the option to sign Alderweireld for £5.6 million -- but that can be over-ridden by a £1.5 million penalty clause which Atletico can activate.

"I'm confident because the player likes to stay," Koeman added. "But he's still the player of Atletico Madrid and that's the difficulty.

"He's been a very good part of our defence. He's still young with a great future in front of him, he's always good in position, very comfortable on the ball and good in his passing.

"He didn't play a lot in Spain but now he's playing more regularly and is developing."


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