Sami Khedira and Bastian Schweinsteiger.

Sami Khedira labels Bastian Schweinsteiger's situation at Man Utd a "shame"

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Bastian Schweinsteiger will take solace from the sheer amount of support he has received for his treatment at Manchester United.

The German midfielder - who retired from international football recently - has been exiled by Jose Mourinho in a bid to force him out of the club, despite his wishes to stay.

Manuel Neuer is one of many to have voiced his support for Schweinsteiger, recently claiming he is "sad" about his countryman's situation.


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"We know how important Basti has been for all team, be it Bayern or the Nationalmannschaft," he said.

"For me he's always been one of the best midfielders in the world, and he still is. That's why it's sad the footballing world now can't see him."

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Bayern Munich president Karl-Heinz Rummenigge also expressed outrage at United's actions early last month, but it's Sami Khedira who has now spoken.

And much like everyone else, he's far from impressed with Mourinho.

"I would never be in a situation that a club asks me to leave," he told Welt am Sonntag, per the Mirror.

"A player with a great career does not deserve to eventually be told: 'Hey, you're off'.


"I think the situation in Manchester is a shame, because Bastian is a player I've really looked up to.

"At the World Cup in 2010 he was very important for me. He was the boss, I was young and learned a lot playing next to him. And then he went on to be a great captain.

"Football is a business. I'm not a daydreamer. If Jose Mourinho has other plans, you have to accept that. And I know from Bastian that that those two had a good talk."

But what does Schweinsteiger himself make of Mourinho leaving him out in the cold at Old Trafford? Well, according to the 32-year-old, he and his Portuguese manager have no issue - apparently.

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He said: "My wish would be to continue playing for Manchester United. I had a good conversation with Mourinho and have no problems with him. We must see how it goes.

"One thing is for sure: I'm not going to stop playing football. I still believe in my own ability. I could still help Manchester United if given the chance."

So well respected is Schweinsteiger that it's not just United fans who want to see him given a chance at the Theatre of Dreams.

Indeed, ask any football supporter and they'll tell you a player of his quality and professionalism deserves much more.

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