English Premiership

Schweinsteiger appears to close exit door

2015-06-30 12:19
Bastian Schweinsteiger (AP)

Cape Town - Bastian Schweinsteiger appears to have closed the door to a bid from his former mentor and current Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal, according to Manchester Evening News.

Schweinsteiger's contract at the Allianz Arena expires at the end of the 2015/16 season and Van Gaal was reportedly eyeing a sensational swoop to bring the 30-year-old midfielder to the Premier League.

Van Gaal's plans appeared to be thwarted by Schweinsteiger's latest comments.

“I would like to win the Champions League again, but also once again play as successfully as in the last few years,” he told German paper Die Welt.

“We are three-times German champions. And I think no team has managed it four times. That’s a motivation.”

Schweinsteiger believes he still has three years of football left at the top level and is targeting a spot in the German squad for the European Championships in 2016.

Only a glimmer of hope remains for Manchester United with Schweinsteiger's game time at Bayern Munich on the decline.

The 2014 Soccer World Cup winner featured just 28 times in all competitions for the Bundesliga champions.

Van Gaal was instrumental in developing Schweinsteiger's career, moving the talented star from the wing to a more central role during his time as Bayern manager.


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