Despite making it clear that he has no future at Old Trafford, Manchester United can’t get Bastian Schweinsteiger off their wage bill.
The Germany international, who pockets a reported £200,000-a-week at Old Trafford, released a statement on social media earlier on Wednesday in which he confirmed that United will be his final club in Europe.
“I will be ready, if the team needs me,” the former Bayern Munich star added. “This is all I can say about the current situation.”
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Schweinsteiger, who could be forgiven if he felt shocked and annoyed by the unceremonious manner in which Mourinho has cast him to one side following his arrival, is not making it easy for the Red Devils.
And unless he receives an irresistible offer from a club in America or China, it seems he’ll be staying put with the Premier League giants until next summer - even if he doesn’t play a single minute of first-team football.
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Neuer backed Schweinsteiger earlier this month
Those back at Bayern, including goalkeeper Manuel Neuer, can’t understand Mourinho’s treatment of the midfielder.
“Basti is a super player and an important man with a lot of experience, which is very important for the team,” the World Cup winner told Bild earlier this month. “I can therefore not understand this decision at all.”
Neuer reacts to Schweinsteiger's latest statement
Almost two weeks on from his initial comments, and following Schweinsteiger’s statement, Neuer has again come out in support of his international teammate.
"It's very bitter and sad," he was quoted as saying by Goal. "We know how important Bastian was for all his teams, no matter if it was Bayern or the national team.
"For me he was one of the best midfielders in the world and still is. So it's sad that the football world can't see him right now."
To suggest that Schweinsteiger is still one of the best midfielders in the world, however, is a bit of a stretch.
The 32-year-old looked a shadow of his former self for United last season and the Red Devils’ quickly realised why Pep Guardiola had allowed him to leave the Allianz Arena for just £6.6 million 13 months ago.
Is Bastian Schweinsteiger really still one of the world’s best midfielders - or is Manuel Neuer talking rubbish? Have your say by leaving a comment below.
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