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Koeman: Keeping Schneiderlin was a coup

Ronald Koeman believes persuading Morgan Schneiderlin to stay at St Mary's was Southampton's biggest transfer-window coup.

Koeman has tipped new recruits Sadio Mane and Toby Alderweireld to thrive on the south coast, but admitted holding onto Schneiderlin was Saints' most important move.

I hoped, and in the last three weeks I would say yes, him staying has been the best part (of the transfer window) for us.

He's a fantastic player and an important player for the team.

That gives the rest of the lads the confidence and ambition that we spoke about.

It was not an easy one because he was disappointed in the beginning, but I think that was a normal reaction.

But after that his behaviour has been professional and the one answer he gave was on the pitch, and that's always the best answer that you can give.

It's important for us to keep that kind of player in the team.

I spoke several times with Morgan, but finally the player by himself changed his mind and that's the most important thing.

– Southampton manager Ronald Koeman.

Richards: No bad feelings towards Man City

Micah Richards has no bad feelings towards Manchester City, but does resent the lack of playing time he was given by the Premier League champions.

Once touted as a permanent England fixture, Richards used to be a regular in City's defence, but saw his opportunities dwindle as the years passed, making just 10 appearances last season.

I don't have any bad feelings towards the club. They put me on the map and gave me a chance when I was 17. But I do have bad feelings towards the playing time (I was given). For any player, when you're not playing it's frustrating. When Roberto Mancini was in charge, he would rotate the full-backs.

When we won the league in 2012, I played more than (Pablo) Zabaleta. So, I feel as though I could have been given more chances to play (under Pellegrini). I felt like I had improved and that I could do it at that level.

– New Fiorentina defender Micah Richards.


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