Bastian Schweinsteiger, make your mind up.
In as many words, that is the message from Bayern Munich’s manager Pep Guardiola.
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Schweinsteiger, 30, only has one-year left on his current contract at Bayern, the only club he has ever played for, but the German national team captain is at the center of widespread reports linking him with a summer move to Manchester United.
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After working with Louis van Gaal at Bayern in the past, it is easy to connect the dots and see why Schweinsteiger would fancy a move to Old Trafford and vice versa.
Here’s what Guardiola had to say about Schweinsteiger:
“If Schweinsteiger wants to stay here then that’s perfect. He’s a top player,” Guardiola said. “Of course I am planning to work with Basti next season. Basti has to decide. I told him, the future depends on you.”
United have reportedly inquired about the central midfielder and are said to be putting the pursuit of Southampton’s midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin on hold until they find out whether or not a deal for Schweinsteiger is likely.
After spending 13 years at Bayern, where he has won eight Bundesliga titles and a UEFA Champions League, the combative midfielder would flourish in the Premier League. We wrote more on why that would be the case here. United desperately need some experience in the engine room and with Michael Carrick 33 years old, the Red Devils can’t rely on him to play week in, week out.
Schweinsteiger ticks all the boxes needed for a United player. His pedigree as a World Cup winner with Germany speaks for itself and his experience at the top levels in Europe mean he would slot right into LVG’s side.
Bayern obviously want to keep him, but it would make or break Guardiola’s side if Schweinsteiger was allowed to leave. A transfer fee of around $15 million has been mooted for the former winger turned center mid, which would represent great business for United and Bayern considering Schweinsteiger probably has 3-4 good years left in him.
So, Bastian, what will it be? Sticking around at the same club you’ve been at for 13 years or trying something completely different for the final few seasons of your career?