Bastian Schweinsteiger has confirmed that he will not play for another club in Europe after Manchester United.
The midfielder posted a message on his Facebook and Twitter pages stating that the Old Trafford outfit were the only club which could make him leave his beloved Bayern Munich.
Mourinho had told Schweinteiger at the start of pre-season that he had no place for the German in his plans. He has been given access to Carrington and its facilities, but is not being allowed near the first team. He has also cleared out his locker and is now with the United u21’s.
Posting on his Facebook page, he wrote: “MUFC will be my last club in Europe. I respect other clubs, but Manchester United was the only one which could make me leave FC Bayern Munchen. I will be ready if the team needs me. This is all I can say about the current situation. I want to thank the fans for the amazing support over the recent weeks.”
Schweinsteiger left Bayern Munich for Old Trafford last summer, but struggled to get a proper run in the team as he constantly faced battles with niggling injuries – something former coach Pep Guardiola hinted at when United completed the midfielder’s signing.
The 32-year-old made only 18 Premier League appearances for the club last season, and struggled to make an impact when he did play. The pace of the Premier League was one of the main things that Schweinsteiger struggled to adapt to.
According to recent reports, United are also planning a severance package for the midfielder in order to speed up his exit from the club. The Red Devils are reportedly willing to let him go for a cut-price fee as low as £2 million.
However, Bastian has now confirmed he will not move to another European club, meaning the MLS is his most likely destination.