Former Bayern Munich midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger posted on his Facebook page that Manchester United will be the last club he plays for in Europe
Schweinsteiger moved to Manchester United last season after spending 16 years with Bayern Munich. He made 31 appearances in all competition under Louis Van Gaal, who was let go at the end of the season.
The former Germany captain has not been experiencing the best of times in Manchester. New manager Jose Mourinho has isolated him in training sessions and sent him to play with the under-21 team.
He has yet to appear on the team sheet for Manchester United this season, watching their last game against Southampton in Old Trafford from the stands.
First @premierleague game of the season at Old Trafford! Good luck, guys! @ManUtd pic.twitter.com/eXMQKSLdRv— Basti Schweinsteiger (@BSchweinsteiger) August 19, 2016
Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge criticized Manchester United for their treatment of Schweinsteiger while Bayern was playing in the International Champions Cup in the United States. “Nothing like that has happened at Bayern Munich, and will never happen at Bayern Munich," he said.
Schweinsteiger may have ruled out playing for another European club, but his statement may suggest he could play for a club outside of Europe. Several former Bayern players – Gerd Müller, Franz Beckenbauer, Lothar Matthäus to name a few – have ended their playing careers in the United States. Several other players have also moved to the Chinese Super League in recent months.
Though he has yet to appear for Manchester United this season, Schweinsteiger is expected to make one more appearance for the German national team. He and former Cologne and Bayern attacker Lukas Podolski will get a farewell cap in Germany’s friendly against Finland on August 31 after announcing their respective international retirements earlier this month.