Bastian Schweinsteiger has virtually no hope of forcing this way back into the Manchester United first team under Jose Mourinho.
The German – who has been left to watch from the stands and excluded from a team photoshoot – could be forgiven for feeling slightly frustrated with his situation at Old Trafford.
Schweinsteiger will likely be able to end his nightmare stint at United the January rolls around and the transfer window offers him a much-needed escape route.
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Plenty has been about where the 32-year-old will elect to go at this stage of his career, with interest in his services sure to come from all corners of the world.
However, Lukas Podolski – a man who knows Schweinsteiger better than most – claims to have an idea of what the future holds for his former Bayern Munich teammate.
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While discussing his own long-term plans in an interview with German newspaper Bild, the Galatasaray forward shifted the focus onto potential destinations if Schweinsteiger elects to leave Old Trafford.
“I think America great,” he said.
“Moving abroad is good for personality development and it would also be good for our children.
“Clearly it would be possible to play with Schweinsteiger in the States.”
Podolski also weighed in on how Jose Mourinho has treated the World Cup winner, condemning the Red Devils boss for shutting him out of the senior squad.
“What happened to [Schweinsteiger] is unfair. It is not correct to deport Basti to the second team. A coach must always keep the doors open to all players,” he added.
The 31-year-old is under contract with the Turkish giants until 2018 and insists he will see out the remainder of his current deal.
Podolski claims he will endeavour to play on into mid-30s, leaving plenty of time for a potential reunion with Schweinsteiger, where it be in the US or elsewhere.
The out-of-favour United midfielder has expressed a desire to ply his trade in the MLS, though Paris Saint-Germain have also thrown their hat in the ring.
Where Schweinsteiger will play next season will likely remain a mystery at least until the midway point of the season – the one certainty is that he is probably counting the downs between now and then.