Bastian Schweinsteiger has always appeared a popular member of the Manchester United squad, ever since he arrived from Bayern Munich last summer, but the Daily Mail have published an interesting story suggesting this might not be entirely accurate.
The Germany international, who has been told by Jose Mourinho that he isn’t wanted at Old Trafford, is understood to have been confronted by a group of ‘furious’ senior United stars last season.
Why were they angry with Schweinsteiger? Well, according to Sportsmail, they were irritated after constantly seeing pictures of the former Bayern Munich midfielder travelling around the world while watching his now-wife Ana Ivanovic playing tennis.
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Schweinsteiger was pictured at various locations across the globe, including Miami and Madrid, while United were battling to secure a top-four finish and this, according to the Mail’s report, angered some of Louis van Gaal’s players.
They told him to stop watching tennis and get fit while he was meant to be recovering from a knee injury.
Mourinho wants Schweinsteiger gone
Schweinsteiger missed almost the entire second half of last season, which is one of the reasons why Mourinho was so keen to get the World Cup winner off the club’s wage bill following his arrival this summer.
That he was spotted globe-trotting while United were struggling in the Premier League is reportedly another reason why Mourinho wants Schweinsteiger gone.
Schweinsteiger is making things difficult
However, the 32-year-old isn’t making the situation easy for his manager.
In a statement published on social media on Wednesday, Schweinsteiger confirmed that United will be his final club in Europe.
United considering allowing him to leave for free
In order to get him out of the club, according to the Guardian, the Red Devils are now considering allowing the midfielder to leave Old Trafford for free - although this would require the club offering the £200,000-a-week star a fairly hefty compensation package to end his contract a year earlier than planned.
America and China appear to be the most likely destinations for Schweinsteiger, but there’s a problem here.
The MLS transfer window is now closed and doesn’t re-open again until February, while China’s transfer window is also shut and opens up again in January.
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