Bastian Schweinsteiger: Man United my last European club

32-year-old German midfielder has been frozen out by new manager José Mourinho

Bastian Schweinsteiger has said Manchester United will be his last European club. Photograph: Getty

Bastian Schweinsteiger has said Manchester United will be his last European club. Photograph: Getty

 

Bastian Schweinsteiger has stated Manchester United will be his last club in Europe, a decision that appears to pave the way for a move to Major League Soccer, China or the Middle East.

The 32-year-old World Cup winner has been dropped from the first-team squad by José Mourinho, with the United manager also ordering him to train with the younger players. Schweinsteiger’s response has been dignified – the former German captain, who retired from international football last month, has been vocal on social media in support of the team and on Wednesday he thanked United supporters when announcing his future on Twitter.

In a tweet entitled: “A brief message to the amazing fans about my current situation” Schweinsteiger said: “MUFC will be my last club in Europe. I respect other clubs, but Manchester United was the only one which could make me leave Bayern Munich. I will be ready, if the team needs me.

“This is all I can say about my current situation. I want to thank the fans for their amazing support over the recent weeks.”

Schweinsteiger was signed by United last summer but endured a disappointing season and it’s possible the Old Trafford club will accept a nominal feel for a player who has two years left on a £140,000 a-week deal.

(Guardian service)

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