One man’s rubbish is another man’s treasure, as they say.
So it’s proven in Bastian Schweinsteiger’s case. Manchester United have decided to offload the German now as opposed to waiting until the end of the season.
He’s been snapped up by MLS side Chicago Fire, who can now boast a marquee signing.
With 24 trophies, including a World Cup winner’s medal, Schweinsteiger is the most decorated player to arrive in the MLS. It’s easy to forget that he’s only 32-years-old, so there should be plenty left in the tank.
"I was delighted to be part of the squad that won the FA Cup for them last season and will always remember their energy and their passion,” Schweinsteiger said as he reflected on his brief United career.
“Now is the right time for me to start a new chapter in Chicago and I am looking forward to it."
The former Germany international will have no problems finding a spot in the Fire’s starting line-up.
Chicago's team on FIFA 17 will look pretty strange
This is how Veljko Paunovic’s side will look on FIFA 17 with Schweinsteiger in the team, based on the XI that started in Saturday’s 4-0 defeat to Atlanta United.
GK | Jorge Bava | Rating: 67
RB | Michael Harrington | 65
CB | Johan Kappelhof | 70
CB | Joao Meira | 70
LB | Brandon Vincent | 65
RM | Arturo Alvarez | 67
CM | Bastian Schweinsteiger | 82
CM | Juninho | 72
LM | David Accam | 73
ST | Nemanja Nikolic | 75
ST | Luis Solignac | 65
How the XI will look
So suddenly, a pretty mediocre group of players suddenly received a shiny gold player in Schweinsteiger. Not bad.
No doubt Chicago Fire hope the arrival of Schweinsteiger will improve the club’s appeal. It certainly helped LA Galaxy, whose profile was significantly boosted when they signed David Beckham in 2007.
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