Bayern Munich chief Karl-Heinze Rummenigge has ruled out the possibility of Manchester United outcast Bastian Schweinsteiger returning to the club.
Schweinsteiger swapped The Allianz for Old Trafford last summer, in a move that raised several eyebrows at Pep Guardiola’s willingness to let the 2104 World Cup hero go. The Bundesliga Giants hardly attempted to pursuade the 32-year-old to stay, and this point was picked up by several pundits, who then questioned United’s investment in a player whose peak days are behind him.
Schweinsteiger did nothing to prove the doubters wrong however, as he endured a torrid first season in the Premier League. Constant niggling injuries saw him spend more time on the treatment table than on the pitch. When he did play, he was lacklusturous, and struggled to cope up with the pace of the English game.
His injury woes and poor form saw him fall down the pecking order under van Gaal, with the likes of Morgan Schneiderlin, Jesse Lingard, Michael Carrick, Wayne Rooney, and even the unorthodox presence of Marouane Fellaini being preferred over the German legend.
Jose Mourinho has outlined his plans for the upcoming season, and has made it clear to Schweinsteiger that there will be no place in the 23-man squad for the German legend. Schweinsteiger has cleared out his locker, and has been sent to train with United’s reserves.
But despite his availability, Bayern chairman Karl-Heinze Rummenigge has ruled out all possibilities of a return to the club for the Bayern legend, stating that it was Schweinsteiger who requested to leave in the first place.
“I regret that what is happening to him just now,” Rummenigge said in a press conference. “But we have not entertained any thought of getting him back.
“I would like to remind you that one year ago Bastian Schweinsteiger has asked me especially to provide him with the experience [to move to Manchester].”
Mourinho confirmed that Schweinsteiger has been told to find a new club as United’s season gets underway with a game against Leicester City in the Community Shield. The imminent arrival of Paul Pogba should all but confirm the end of the road for Schweinsteiger at the Theatre of Dreams.
Rummenigge criticized United’s handling of the player, before Mourinho hit back saying some clubs pretend like they are the “Mother Teresa of football“.
But Rummenigge has responded, saying Bayern would have handled the situation better.
He said: “I believe it is not an easy time for him just now, but maybe it is also evidence that we deal with issues a bit more humanely, a bit more fairly and more reliably here at Bayern than is the case in one or the other bigger clubs in Europe.”