Saints chairman Ralph Krueger has insisted that Jay Rodriguez and Morgan Schneiderlin will not be sold this summer.

Krueger spoke to the Daily Echo this afternoon and moved to reassure nervous fans over the future of the club and manager Ronald Koeman’s squad with five first team players already sold this summer and Schneiderlin and Rodriguez heavily linked with moves to Tottenham.

He said: “Specifically to Rodriguez and Schneiderlin, they will not be going anywhere.

“We see them as part of a core and the core we’ve got right now and in place is a core that is where Ronald would like to go and they a part of that core.

“Any reports that Rodriguez or Schneiderlin are leaving or we are in engaged in transfer conversations are totally off the mark.

“They will not be sold.”

Krueger denied suggestions that this summer’s Saints sales were asset stripping by Katharina Liebherr and assured fans the club is not up for sale.

He was glowing on the impact of new manager Ronald Koeman and again insisted all transfer funds raised will be reinvested back into the playing squad, though insisted the club would not be rushed into signing players.

Krueger was adamant that Saints had not been pushed around this summer and instead said they would have kept the star names sold had their “premium prices” not been met to allow the players “a shortcut to the Champions League.”