Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho is said to be furious about Bastian Schweinsteiger’s refusal to join Sporting Lisbon on a free transfer, according to The Daily Star.
The midfielder has been left out of Mourinho’s plans and the club is desperate to find a way to make the German leave.
Earlier this month, it was reported that United were willing to sell Schweinsteiger for a cut-price fee of £2 million to any club who was willing to buy him. However, Schweinsteiger made the club’s situation all the more difficult by confirming that he would never play for another European club.
Reports say that United even offered to pay a portion of Schweinsteiger’s £190,000-a-week wages if he made the free switch to Sporting Lisbon, but he refused to leave, and this has apparently enraged Mourinho.
The midfielder signed for United from Bayern Munich in 2014 for a reported fee of £6 million, but he has struggled to adapt to the pace of the Premier League. Injuries constantly hampered his first season at the club, and many senior players were said to be upset about Schweinsteiger’s attitude towards getting fit.
Rather than working with the fitness coaches to speed up his recovery, he was constantly seen at Tennis matches, supporting his wife Ana Ivanovic.
Jose Mourinho arrived at the club in May after Louis van Gaal was sacked, and his first major decision was to tell Schweinsteiger to clear out his locker and train with the u21’s.
The former Bayern midfielder still hasn’t given up hope of forcing his way into Mourinho’s plans, however, and is determined to stay at the club and fight for his place. He still has two years left to run on his current deal.
The 32-year old will make his final bow for Germany tonight in a special game against Finland.
Speaking ahead of the game, Schweinsteiger said: “The transfer window is closed in the USA so I’m not going there now. It’s my dream still to play for Manchester United and if I get a fair chance, I believe in it. The USA is certainly an option, should it come to that.”