Lukas Podolski believes his friend Bastian Schweinsteiger is still a “world class” player and is confident the German midfielder will shine at Manchester United.
Schweinsteiger completed his move to Old Trafford from Bayern Munich on Monday, signing a three-year deal with the Red Devils.
The classy midfielder turns 31 in two weeks time but former Arsenal forward Podolski believes Manchester United have landed themselves a player who will make a huge impact over the forthcoming seasons.
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“I’m sure he will love the Premier League and he has a lot to give to the team,” Podolski was quoted as saying by The Sun. “Most of all, he has experience and a positive attitude.
“He is still world class and I wish him all the best.
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“He will be a big help for Manchester United over the coming seasons.”
Schweinsteiger not concerned about his age
Schweinsteiger recently hit back at German football legend Franz Beckenbauer, who suggested a move to Major League Soccer would have been better for the World Cup winner at this stage in his career.
“I don’t know when Beckenbauer moved to America [to New York Cosmos at 32]. I am 30," the new Manchester United midfielder was quoted as saying by the London Evening Standard.
"It is a challenge for me. I feel very good. I had last year the thing with my knee after the World Cup which was very intensive for me and I had a break at October.
“But from that time on I had no injury, I was fit and felt fit at the end. Of course sometimes when you are getting older you need a little more time for recovery, maybe half a day more than 20-year-old players so that’s normal.”
Fans excited by Schweinsteiger signing
Manchester United fans can’t wait to see Schweinsteiger in action for their club and he could make his first appearance for the Red Devils during tonight’s pre-season friendly against Club America in Seattle.
Schweinsteiger was signed on the same day as France international Morgan Schneiderlin and the two midfielders are expected to form the basis of Manchester United’s new-look midfield under Louis van Gaal.
Van Gaal has no doubts that Schweinsteiger remains hungry to win silverware, even though the 30-year-old has won almost every major honour in the game with Bayern Munich and Germany.
It’s now down to the man himself to prove Van Gaal right - and to prove the likes of Franz Beckenbauer wrong.
That Podolski has only good words to say about Schweinsteiger should come as little surprise considering their long friendship.
Take a look at these two YouTube videos of the pair getting up to no good.
Manchester United fans: do you have any worries about Bastian Schweinsteiger? Will he be an incredible signing? Have your say by leaving a comment in the box below!