Recent reports indicate Bastian Schweinsteiger will face an uphill battle to extend his Manchester United career beyond this summer.
There are serious doubts over whether there will be room for the German in Jose Mourinho’s revamped squad next season after he endured a horrid first campaign with the Red Devils.
Schweinsteiger barely had a chance to show his class last term due to a series of injury problems – and his stock at United has only depleted further since Mourinho arrived on the scene.
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The 2014 World Cup winner would surely be spoilt for choice if he elected to leave United this summer – but due to his Bayern Munich links, a return to his homeland is out of the question according to some.
Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, chairman of the Bundesliga giants, has ruled out the possibility of Schweinsteiger moving back to Germany and expects he will fight for his place under the new boss next season.
"I am 100 per cent convinced that Schweinsteiger will not return to Germany," Rummenigge was quoted as saying by German newspaper TZ, as per Goal.
"Bayern Munich are his club and he would never play for another Bundesliga club. I would be hugely surprised if that were to happen.
"I can see him stay at Manchester United and try to achieve their goals under a new coach. Maybe he could surprise Mourinho.
"Either way, Bastian has had an amazing career. Nothing can change that."
The 31-year-old is contracted to a €10m-per-year deal at Old Trafford until June 2018 and if Mourinho is serious about getting him off the books, his sale would free up a significant chunk of the club wage budget.
Schweinsteiger took the field in a United shirt on just 21 occasions in all competitions last season, scoring a single goal against West Bromwich Albion in November.
The fact a midfielder who is admired for his determined and industrious playing style lasted a full 90 minutes just eight times in the Premier League is also hugely disappointing.
With figures like these marring Schweinsteiger’s first season at Old Trafford, it leaves little wonder as to why Mourinho is far from convinced the veteran should be among his first team plans.
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