Bastian Schweinsteiger has finally parted ways with Manchester United to join MLS club Chicago Fire.
Schweinsteiger has been largely out of favour at the Old Trafford outfit ever since Jose Mourinho took over the job, and the decorated midfielder has seen himself stuck mainly on the sidelines.
However, the 2014 World Cup winner’s torrid time with the Red Devils have come to an end, as the 32-year-old has completed a transfer to Chicago Fire, and signed a contract that will guarantee him wages up to $4.5 million in 2017.
Schweinsteiger expressed his thoughts on this new chapter in his footballing career by stating: “Throughout my career, I’ve always sought opportunities where I hoped to make a positive impact and to help make something great. My move to Chicago Fire is no different.
“Through my conversations with Nelson (Fire’s General Manager) and Pauno (team coach Veljko Paunovic), I’m convinced by the club’s vision and philosophy and I want to help them with this project.”
Team manager Veljko Paunovic also had his say on this marquee transfer, and stated: “In the locker room, he will be a huge example of a champion. He still is somebody that can show that on the field and (demonstrate) how our guys have to work, prepare, behave, think and work together in order to get to that level.”
Chicago Fire’s general manager added: “We’re adding someone who has won at every level, including the very highest levels, and has done so in a way that is consistent with our values.
“We as a club will now be forced to hold ourselves to a higher standard, an accountability level. Previously, I think we could satisfy ourselves with what is known domestically. Now we need to rise to a standard that is set more internationally.”
Official confirmation from Manchester United to follow…