It's been a difficult summer to say the least for Bastian Schweinsteiger.
The 32-year-old seems to have been the victim of the biggest fallout at the club since Jose Mourinho's appointment at Manchester United, with the player reportedly being forced to train with the reserves.
It has led FIFPro's Raymond Baard to come out and claim via SkySports that the Portuguese would be sued if he treated someone this way in another country.
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And another member, Dejan Stefanovic has gone as far as stating Mourinho should be imprisoned for his treatment towards the German international: "It's clear bullying. In Slovenia, we would have indicted Mourinho and asked for the highest penalty - three years in prison."
So why has Schweinsteiger been left to hang out to dry by the new manager?
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Well it appears that the World Cup winner just isn't in Jose's plans.
He said in his press conference before the Community Shield game with Leicester when asked about Schweinsteiger: "I think what is happening is happening in every club in the world which is the manager decides his squad and chooses a certain number of players to face the season and that's it."
A pretty damning statement of a player who, despite an injury-laden first season at Old Trafford, has 120 international caps for Germany and played a prominent role for his nation at this summer's European Championships.
It was thought maybe former club Bayern Munich would offer him a lifeline and take him back, but new manager Carlo Ancelotti seemingly ruled that out several days ago despite chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge claiming the door could still be open, a statement which was echoed by captain Philipp Lahm.
However, in a press conference with German media this weekend, Rummenigge seemed to dismiss the idea of Schweinsteiger making a return to the Allianz Arena saying:
"I would like to remind you that one year ago, Bastian Schweinsteiger asked me especially to provide him with the experience to join United.
"I regret that what is happening to him just now, but we have not entertained any thought of getting him back.
"It is not an easy time for him just now, but maybe it is also proof that we deal with issues a bit more humanely, a bit more fairly and with more respect here at Bayern than is the case in some of the other bigger clubs in Europe."
We're sure Schweinsteiger will be disappointed to hear that news, and it leaves him somewhat in limbo, with the Premier League season kicking off in just six days and the transfer window closing at the end of the month.
What can be certain, though, is if the midfielder does leave United, he will be providing his new club with years of experience and a winning mentality he has had throughout his career.
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