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Fergie move for Scholes replacement will have to wait

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Bayern Munich have admitted Bastian Schweinsteiger will not be moving anywhere until his contract expires, in the wake of interest from Manchester United.

The playmaker was reportedly ready to quit the German champions in January to take on a new challenge, as his contract expires in 18 months time.

And Sir Alex Ferguson wants to bring him to Old Trafford as a replacement for Paul Scholes, with rumours he will make a £25 million bid next month.

However, Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has dashed the hopes of Manchester United, as well as the likes of Real Madrid and Barcelona.

"Let me make this absolutely clear - our goal is to agree a long-term contract extension with Bastian Schweinsteiger,” Rummenigge told the Daily Telegraph

"And we’ve agreed with (coach) Louis van Gaal that Bastian will not under any circumstances be allowed to leave until his contract ends.

"We all think Bastian has come on superbly in the last two years. He has become one of Bayern and Germany’s best players.

"He was a vital component in our success last season and our success this season and I’m optimistic that we will reach a fair solution with Bastian and his agents."

Manchester United will be pleased with this news, though; as they remain confident Schweinsteiger wishes to move to Old Trafford.

And Ferguson has insisted he will not be bringing any players to Manchester United in the forthcoming transfer window as well.

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