Morgan Schneiderlin has accepted that he will not be sold by Saints this summer, according to manager Ronald Koeman.
The midfielder, who is a target for Tottenham, has been keen to secure a move away from St Mary’s during the transfer window.
However, he has met resistance from Saints, who have continually insisted he will not be sold.
The club’s resolve had upset Schneiderlin, who last week declared he was not physically or mentally prepared to feature in the team’s final pre-season friendly, against Bayer Leverkusen.
It was subsequently agreed that the 24-year-old could miss the game, in order to get his head around Saints’ stance.
Schneiderlin then returned to training on Monday, with Koeman revealing that he arrived in a better frame of mind and had finally come to terms with the club’s decision.
The Saints boss praised the Frenchman’s attitude in training and said he is ready to play, ahead of Sunday’s Premier League opener at Liverpool.
“It is difficult for him, but I said last weekend he should come back on Monday and he understood the situation and he accepted it,” said Koeman, who will decide on Saturday involvement Schneiderlin will have at Anfield.
“It is difficult, but he has to accept and finally he accepts.
“He did very good training sessions (this week) and you see the qualities and then you see why we didn’t sell Morgan, because he’s a fantastic player.”
Koeman added: “When I see Morgan and I speak to Morgan, he accepted the situation, because it’s his future as a football player, he knows that and that’s the situation now.”
As well as Schneiderlin, Koeman also expects midfielder Jack Cork to remain at the club this season.
The 25-year-old is out of contract next summer, and a new deal has not been offered to him.
However, despite speculation that a fee had been agreed with Crystal Palace earlier this week, Koeman confirmed no bids had been received for Cork and that he expected him to be a Saints player at the end of the window.
In terms of incomings, Saints’ business is also close to an end, although the manager expects there to be a bit more activity yet, with a wide player the priority.
“I am very pleased because the club did everything to bring in good new players, but we are still looking forward to bring one or two more in,” he said.
“The wing position we need one more, and the club is still working on that.”