Bayern Munich star Bastian Schweinsteiger has revealed that he has come close to leaving the club on a number of occasions, only to backtrack on his decision each time.
Most notably the German international, during in an interview with France Football, relayed by Le 10 Sport, claimed that his position at Bayern was under particular scrutiny heading towards the summer of 2011, when his old contract was scheduled to expire. At the time Manchester United were reported to have held talks with his representatives over a summer move, and the 29-year-old has admitted he came close to leaving the Allianz Arena.
"Before I extended my contract in February 2011, I wanted to be sure that club officials shared the same vision and the same ambitions as me,” Schweinsteiger said.
“There ten years, we were regularly removed from the round or the quarterfinals of the Champions League. Since Louis van Gaal was our coach , we will very far, in the image of our three finals in the last four editions.
“Today, I am pleased that we reach all our goals. This proves that I was right to extend. And then I had a dream: I wanted very badly to win the Champions League with Bayern Munich, as the red and white jersey is everything to me.
"Did I almost leave? Yes, several times ... But in the end it is always my heart that has decided."
It’s a scenario that will likely have David Moyes shaking his head, as the the lack of a world-class central midfielder has been a constant thorn in the side of his United squad this term. Though the likes of Michael Carrick and Darren Fletcher are unlikely to be sold on this summer, it’s thought that the acquisition of a player to pull the strings in the middle of the park is one of the top priorities at Old Trafford heading into the summer transfer window.
Of course ironically now it’s Schweinsteiger's team-mate Toni Kroos who finds himself on United’s radar. Whether or not he’ll follow suit and pledge his future to the Munich giants is a query which will soon be answered.