Bastian Schweinsteiger’s former teammate and good friend, Lukas Podolski, has revealed what the Manchester United midfielder’s next destination could be.
Schweinsteiger left Bayern Munich to join Manchester United in the summer of 2015. But despite being a favourite of Louis van Gaal’s, the German failed to make a major impact at the Old Trafford club, and spent a lot of time on the sidelines due to injuries and fitness problems.
Following the sacking of Louis van Gaal, and the arrival of Jose Mourinho, the 32-year-old’s fortunes worsened, as he was banished to the Manchester United reserves.
The Special One did not see Bastian as a part of his plans, and told the midfielder that he was free to leave the Red Devils. However, Schweinsteiger has remained adamant on staying at Manchester United, claiming that this will be the last club he plays for in Europe.
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This statement of his has given rise to speculation linking him with potential transfers away from Europe, with the MLS and the Chinese Super League rumoured to be his most likely destinations.
And now, Bastian’s former teammate and close friend Lukas Podolski has echoed these rumours, by confirming that Schweinsteiger could very well be heading to the United States in the near future.
In an interview with Bild, Podolski was asked about the chances of him reuniting with Schweinsteiger in the MLS, to which he replied:
“I think America is great. Moving abroad is good for personality development and it would also be good for our children. Clearly it would be possible to play with Schweinsteiger in the States.”
The Galatasaray forward also criticised United manager Jose Mourinho over the way he has treated the German legend.
“What happened (to Schweinsteiger) is unfair,” he said. “It is not correct to deport Basti to the second team. A coach must always keep the doors open to all players.”