Bastian Schweinsteiger has become the talk of the town since Jose Mourinho arrived at Manchester United, so much so that he is currently being written about more than Paul Pogba.
Unfortunately for the World Cup winning midfielder, it is for all the wrong reasons. Schweinsteiger has been evicted from the senior dressing room at Old Trafford and has been told in no uncertain terms that he will be playing for the reserves if he stays beyond the summer transfer window.
There doesn't seem to be anything personal behind Mourinho's decision to leave him out of his plans, but nonetheless, the way he has treated a legendary figure of the game has drawn as much criticism as it has concern.
But one thing to emerge from this messy situation is just how much of a class act the former Bayern Munich man is. Schweinsteiger has continued to act accordingly despite being subjected to such brutal isolation.
That is no less true than in his latest interview. He spoke with the German media ahead of the international break and provided a revealing update on his situation with the Red Devils. He surprisingly revealed that he has "no problem" with Mourinho after the pair discussed his place in the squad.
'An absolute dream'
He also said he "dreamed" of playing for United once again, suggesting he has no plans of leaving before Wednesday's transfer deadline.
"An absolute dream would be to continue playing for Manchester United and to help them," Schweinsteiger said at a press conference.
"I had a good conversation with Mourinho and have no problems with him. We must see how it goes. I still believe in my own ability. I could still help Manchester United if given the chance.
"I have had to deal with harder times before. The football business includes up and downs."
Moving to America
The biggest problem for Schweinsteiger's Old Trafford exit appears to be his wages. Earning in excess of £150,000-a-week, few clubs in the world would be able to afford him. But clubs in the MLS and in the CSL have shown a willingness to offer him one final pay day.
Schweinsteiger acknowledged that a move to America was "an option" but ruled out moving there in the near future.
"The MLS transfer window is closed," he added. "So it won't happen this season."
The 32-year-old will make his final appearance for Germany in a farewell fixture against Finland on Wednesday. It will be his 121st cap for his country and bring the curtain down on a highly successful international career.
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