Bayern Munich’s Chief Executive, Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, has spoken out over the way Manchester United are handling his former midfield man, Bastian Schweinsteiger.
Karl-Heinz stated that Manchester United may have just detoured players from signing for the club due to the way in which they are treating their German star, Bastian Schweinsteiger.
The former German captain was banished to train with the reserves on his birthday, as the club are preparing to offload him this summer. Schweinsteiger didn’t feature in the 22-man squad that was called up for Wayne Rooney’s testimonial match this Wednesday.
Rummenigge is totally bewildered over Schweinsteiger’s treatment at the club, who recently retired from the German national side.
The Bayern Munich Chief Executive spoke with the German Newspaper Bild:
“I could hardly believe it. One or two players are going to think long and hard in future about whether they want to go to such a club. Nothing like that has ever happened at Bayern Munich.”
Schweinsteiger joined Manchester United last season in a £6.5 million deal. The German maestro will remain under contract till mid-2018, but it seems that United are going to try and cash in on the 32-year-old.
Another man who criticized Manchester United for their handling of Schweinsteiger is Ottmar Hitzfeld – the person who awarded Bastian his professional debut at the tender age of 18, and even won the league title with the young midfield man.
“It’s a lack of respect for a worthy player,” Hitzfeld said. “It’s a method which is strange to me.
“Schweinsteiger is a key player, a world champion, a personality, while at the same time he has an exceptional attitude.”
Jose Mourinho is looking to cut his squad down to only 22 players, and it is clear that Bastian Schweinsteiger is not a part of his plans. However, Manchester United could have used an experienced man such as Schweinsteiger to motivate their youth players.