Saints star Morgan Schneiderlin reacted with anger after being told he will not be sold this summer.
The Daily Echo understands the French midfielder attended a meeting with the club’s board yesterday at which he was informed he will not become the sixth first team star to be sold during this transfer window.
Schneiderlin has informed the board of his desire to leave, with Tottenham and former Saints manager Mauricio Pochettino keen on securing his signature.
The 24-year-old, who has been with Saints since 2008, took to social media shortly after the meeting ended to publically vent his frustrations.
He wrote on Twitter: “6 years of an amazing journey #saintsfc DESTROYED in 1 hour !!!”
Saints are now in a very difficult position.
But Ronald Koeman will have to work hard to get Schneiderlin back on board, with the Frenchman feeling he has earned the chance to move after an extended spell with the club in which he has helped to take Saints back to the Premier League.
In the process, Schneiderlin has become an international footballer and went to the World Cup with France.
In an interview with the Daily Echo earlier in the day, Saints chairman Ralph Krueger was adamant Schneiderlin and Rodriguez would not go.
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 met representative of Tottenham in Toronto recently but has insisted that was not to discuss any possible transfers.
But with Saints having let five other players go after they made it clear they wished to leave and their price tags were met, holding onto Schneiderlin now risks alienating a key member of the dressing room still further.