Bastian Schweinsteiger has not given up on playing for Manchester United again but the captain of the Germany national team already seems to be looking ahead to the future.
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Schweinsteiger, 32, only signed for the Red Devils last summer but following Jose Mourinho’s arrival as boss the legendary German midfielder has found himself training with the reserve squad and surplus to requirements.
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Speaking ahead of his final game for Germany, a friendly against Finland in Dortmund on Wednesday, Schweinsteiger revealed that although a move to Major League Soccer isn’t an option right now, it will be in the future.
“The transfer window there is already closed. That’s why it’s not possible now,” Schweinsteiger said. “My dream still is to play for Manchester United. If I get a fair chance, I believe in it. I believe in my abilities. Until my suspension it went really well last year, after that the two injuries happened. But America is naturally an option.”
So, Schweinsteiger to MLS in 2017?
It certainly seems to be a possibility, especially if United waive any transfer fee for the German midfielder so they can get his hefty $262,000 weekly salary off their wage bill.
Looking at Schweinsteiger’s options, both Minnesota United and Atlanta United will join MLS in 2017 and could be interested in signing a high-profile Designated Player to ramp up interest about their arrival in North America’s top-flight. Frank Lampard will be out of contract at New York City FC this December, as will Steven Gerrard at LA Galaxy.
If some of the big boys in MLS are looking for a marquee signing who can sell shirts and provide veteran leadership in midfield, Schweinsteiger may well be their man.
Even if Mourinho doesn’t think he can still do it, Schweinsteiger put in some decent displays for Germany as they made the semifinals of EURO 20016 and when he was fit last season at United he certainly didn’t look out of place sometimes the pace of the Premier League caught him out.
Let’s not forget, 18 months ago Schweinsteiger was still a regular for Bayern Munich in the Bundesliga and played an important role in several runs to the UEFA Champions League semifinal stage.