JORDY Clasie does not want to be compared with Morgan Schneiderlin.

Clasie was dubbed Schneiderlin’s direct replacement at St Mary’s after the Frenchman moved to Manchester United.

The 24-year-old had an injury-plagued start to life at Saints after his £8m move but is now working hard to reach his peak.

The Netherlands international is adamant that he and Schneiderlin should not be compared and wants to be judged on his own merits.

Saints and Holland team-mate Virgil van Dijk was the latest to comment, saying that Clasie has the potential to be better that Schneiderlin.

“No, that’s his opinion,” said a clearly frustrated Clasie when asked about Van Dijk’s latest comments.

Clasie is staunchly against comparing him and the Red Devils man, who spent seven years at Saints, and just wants to be judged on his own performances.

“I’m feeling good but now I’m at 90-85 per cent,” he explained. “I know I can be better and I work hard for it on the training pitch and also in the gym when I have time to spend on it.

He added: “[I’m working on] sharpness on the pitch, but also after the training I spoke a lot with a guy that does the warming up and on the runs.

“And I have to do work after the training to run or do something more with the ball.

“I know I can, I have to be, fitter than I am now and now I’m 90-85 per cent. Give me a couple of weeks and then I’m 100 per cent.”

The central midfielder realises he has to build up to a level where he will be able to complete a full game in the Premier League, which hasn't done yet.

“I know I have to work harder than ever. In Holland I play 90 minutes and I’m full, now I play 80 minutes here and I’m full. That’s the level I want to play and know I have to work hard for it.

“But believe me, give me a couple of weeks and then I’m 100 per cent.”

Clasie, who has started the last four league games, was substituted after 64 minutes in the 1-0 defeat on Saturday and admits that he is battling to adjust to the English top-flight and get back to full fitness.

“The first minutes against Liverpool away, I look on the board and it felt like I had been play for 40 minutes and there was only 20 minutes on the board,” he said.

“That’s the level I want to play. The league is a very high level, but that’s why I came to England.

“I want to play at a higher level than Holland and England is the perfect step I think.”

Despite his struggles on-field, Clasie has been made to feel at home at St Mary’s, with plenty of familiar faces around, and is feeling settled.

He was Ronald Koeman’s captain at Feyenoord and knows Graziano Pelle from his days at De Kuip too.

“Everybody helped me when I came here,” he said.

“They told me a lot about the city and where I can live. I like the guys and I’m happy here.”