Marco Silva has played down suggestions that Morgan Schneiderlin will be sold and says the Everton midfielder is “part of our squad”. Schneiderlin has been linked with a move to AS Roma in recent months and had stiff competition for places at Everton which raised uncertainty over his future at Goodison Park.
Silva, however, has no plans to let the 29-year-old leave. He told Sky Sports: “Morgan Schneiderlin, if he is linked with other clubs, it is not important to me. Morgan is part of our squad. When I finished the squad last Thursday, he will be here until the end, until January, with all of them. We have Morgan and JP (Jean-Philippe Gbamin) for that position.”
Despite Schneiderlin having Jean-Philippe Gbamin, Fabian Delph, Andre Gomes and Tom Davies for competition in midfield, the French international clear has the support of his manager and will be given opportunities this season. He featured in seven of Everton’s last 11 Premier Leagues in 2018/19 and started against Crystal Palace in this season’s opener too.
Schneiderlin may not start every week, but he will be an important squad player. Since joining Everton from Manchester United in 2017, he’s gone on to make 71 appearances in all competitions, scoring and creating two goals. He brings a wealth of experience to the midfield and still has two years remaining on his deal on Merseyside.
Silva will need depth in the engine room and won’t want to lose a useful player without having the ability to replace him until January.