Bastian Schweinsteiger’s disappointing spell at Manchester United is finally over.
The German has agreed a one-year deal with MLS side Chicago Fire, which will become official upon completion of a medical and a visa being obtained.
It’s a sorry end to a move that just didn’t work out. A bit-part player under Louis van Gaal last season, Schweinsteiger’s woes intensified under Jose Mourinho.
The World Cup winner made just four appearances under the Portuguese, and none of them came in the Premier League.
A player of Schweinsteiger’s talent needs to be playing, though, and so his move to Chicago Fire is pleasing for all parties.
The 32-year-old will get regular minutes while continuing the work of David Beckham, Andrea Pirlo and co. by helping to grow Major League Soccer.
Chicago are getting a fine player
Chicago Fire, who are currently seventh in the Eastern Conference, couldn’t be more delighted to have signed a player who has won 24 trophies in his career.
“He can produce actions that few players in the world can do. He sees (things) that nobody sees. He opens the eyes of the fans, where you can hear the people say, 'Wow!’,” Fire coach Veljko Paunovic said, per the Chicago Tribune, via the Telegraph.
Schweinsteiger's classy reaction
Schweinsteiger has reacted to the signing by posting a touching farewell video on Twitter.
"I'm sad to leave my friends"
He also left a message to United fans.
"I am sad to leave so many friends at Manchester United," he said, per United’s official website. "But I am grateful to the club for allowing me the chance to take up the challenge at Chicago Fire.
"I have enjoyed working with the manager, the players and staff here and wish them all the best in the future. But I have to reserve special thanks to the United fans – whose support has been a very special part of my time in Manchester.
"I was delighted to be part of the squad that won the FA Cup for them last season and will always remember their energy and their passion. Now is the right time for me to start a new chapter in Chicago and I am looking forward to it."
It’s a shame it didn’t work out, but now Schweinsteiger can reignite his career in the United States.
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