Carlo Ancelotti comments on possibility of Bayern signing Bastian Schweinsteiger

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With Jose Mourinho looking to ring the changes as he embarks on his first season in charge at Manchester United, there are several members of the squad who's futures at Old Trafford are in serious doubt.

At the head of that list appears to be Bastian Schweinsteiger, the veteran German midfielder reportedly having been sent to train with the reserves by his new Portuguese boss.

Since then, the 32-year-old has been strongly linked with a return to his former club Bayern Munich with their captain Phillip Lahm suggesting a reunion could be on the cards. That couldn't be further from the truth according to Bayern boss Carlo Ancelotti, however.


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Speaking today in comments reported by The Mirror, the former Chelsea boss categorically ruled out the idea of Schweinsteiger making a return to the club he played for between 2002-2015.

"In football there is no if. (Signing) Schweinsteiger is not in our ideas," Ancelotti said.

“He was a fantastic player for Bayern, he was a fantastic player for football, but I think that it is not time for him to come back to Munich."

Ancelotti's remarks will come as a blow to the United hierarchy as they look to offload one of Louis van Gaal's more expensive flops.

After signing a three-year contract reportedly worth around £200,000-per-week in the summer of 2015, the veteran managed just 18 Premier League appearances for the Red Devils last season and failed to rekindle the kind of form that made him one of the best midfielders of his generation.

With clubs around the world having watched Schweinsteiger regress during the last campaign, United will have been holding out hope that sentimental value may have seen Bayern offer the recently retired Germany international a way out - saving the Old Trafford club a lot of money in the process.

Now, though, plan A appears to be well and truly out the window.

Having been forced to train with the reserves under Mourinho, Schweinsteiger himself will likely be disappointed to hear Ancelotti rule out his arrival back at Munich.

If no other club registers their interest before the end of the month, it could be a long old season for the former German captain.

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