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What next for Morgan Schneiderlin?

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It has been a difficult second season for Morgan Schneiderlin at Everton. He featured in 22 games for the Blues last year under Ronald Koeman, and seemed to fall out of favour with the Dutchman for spells during the year. And then in the turmoil of the current season, he has become a mostly-deserving scapegoat for many of the issues that the Toffees have struggled with this year.

His laidback manner on the pitch and lack of urgency at times have earned him the unending ire of the fanbase, and it appears the Frenchman is considering his options elsewhere despite his current contract running through the end of the 2020 season. In most of the 36 games he’s played in this season, Schneiderlin has either been exposed by inconsistent tactics or played lackadaisically badly, neither of which has helped his cause.

Speaking to beIN sports (via footMarseille.com), Schneiderlin spoke about what could come next for him -

“If I have to leave Everton, I would like to find another challenge than the Premier League.

“I’ve already been at Southampton, Manchester United and Everton, I do not see myself going anywhere else in England.”

When pressed further where he could move, the 28-year-old added -

“As I come from there, I am interested in Racing Club Strasbourg, but in my youth, I always supported Olympique Marseille.”

His interest in Marseille has been highlighted before as well, as indicated in another interview from a year ago soon after he moved to Everton from United (with TeleFoot, via footMarseille.com) -

“If a deal was not done in England, maybe we would have seen, but after that there was no advanced discussion.

“When I was little, I always loved Olympique Marseille, and I think a lot of players want to go there, maybe one day if I come back to France. But the most important thing for me was to play in a championship that I know well.”

With Marseille sitting in a Europa League spot at 4th in Ligue 1 while Strasbourg languish close to the drop zone, a move to OM is much more likely this summer especially if Everton replace Sam Allardyce and the new manager decides to get a new lynchpin in the middle of the pitch.