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Schneiderlin backs Southampton to improve

21 May 2013 12:44

Morgan Schneiderlin has backed Southampton to become an established Premier League outfit.

The French midfielder, who made the second-most appearances for the club this season with 37, helped his side finish 14th and described the campaign as "amazing".

Schneiderlin insisted Southampton can go on to achieve even greater things next season and in the years to follow.

Speaking to the club's official website, the 23-year-old said: "It was an amazing season.

"As a group, we wanted to show everyone that we have a place in the Premier League. I think that, especially with the people we've played in the second half of the season, we have showed that we deserve to be here for a long time."

Mauricio Pochettino's men ended the campaign with a 1-1 draw against Stoke City on Sunday, with top scorer Rickie Lambert cancelling out Peter Crouch's 47th-minute goal.

It came after a period of uncertainty for the club, with the position of executive chairman Nicola Cortese in doubt.

However, the Italian will continue at the club after talks with owner Katharina Liebherr, and Schneiderlin believes that can only be seen as a positive.

"This week we showed that everyone is pulling in the same direction," he continued.

"That is very important for a football club. It's a very hard thing to find."

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