Bastian Schweinsteiger is 'flattered' by interest from Manchester United according to Bayern Munich chief Karl-Heinz Rummenigge.
The 30-year-old is out of contract as of next year and so far he hasn't been offered a new deal by the German giants amidst interest from the Red Devils. Boss Louis van Gaal worked with Schweinsteiger during his time in charge at Bayern Munich and is said to be keen on linking up with the midfielder once more.
Both Rummenigge and Bayern boss Pep Guardiola have suggested that the decision lies with Schweinsteiger, but insisted they'd be happy if he stayed put despite the fact a new deal isn't forthcoming.
Now Rummenigge has revealed that the World Cup winner is pleased at being linked with a move to Old Trafford, but says that no decision have been made as yet. He said: "I spoke to him on the phone while on holiday and we're going to meet again when he's back.
"I'm not going to hide that I discerned from these talks that he is flattered by the interest from England."
Key to Schweinsteiger's decision is where he can get the most first team action ahead of Euro 2016, where he'll captain Germany in a major tournament for the first time following Philipp Lahm's retirement from the international game.
He started just 15 games in the Bundesliga last season and is keen on more regular first team football, however there is no guarantee that Guardiola will give it to him. Despite that Schweinsteiger has previously insisted that his goal was to remain with Bayern and make history after winning three straight league titles.
He told broadcasters Sport1: "We've won the Bundesliga for three consecutive times, no team ever has managed to win it four times. That's a motivation
"I feel good and I'm ready to play the next three years at the top level. That's my goal."
It's rare that you see a selling club constantly leaking stories which seem to scream 'we want to sell', but that has been the case with Bayern and Schweinsteiger.
Actions speak louder than words and the fact he hasn't been offered a new contract says everything, despite what Guardiola claims about wanting him to stay. It seems the German giants would rather cash in rather than let him walk for nothing next year.
Manchester United look to be on to a winner here - Schweinsteiger will want a long-term contract at his age and he'll most likely move if they can offer him favourable terms.
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