Bayern Munich legend Philipp Lahm has revealed the real reason why his former teammate and compatriot Bastian Schweinsteiger joined Manchester United from Bundesliga holders Bayern Munich.
According to Daily Star, Lahm has stated that his favourite teammate needed a new challenge after achieving everything with Bayern Munich and the adventure of a new challenge attracted him to England and he joined 20-time English champions Manchester United.
Bastian Schweinsteiger had won every possible trophy with his boyhood club Bayern Munich and ended his long association with the German giants to join his former manager Louis van Gaal at Old Trafford.
Lahm’s sadness with Schweinsteiger’s departure is also evident from his quotes.
He told the Sunday Times: “It was sad when Basti left because we had this rich history together.”
“We came up through the ranks and won the Champions League, the world championship.”
“I was fortunate to celebrate those titles with him, but it is the defeats that bring you together and Bayern had many disappointments too.”
“We were very close, particularly because of the defeats.”
When quizzed on why Schweinsteiger opted to leave the German giants, Lahm explained that he wanted to test himself in England’s top flight.
He added: “Basti wanted a new challenge and I always had the feeling it was his dream to play Premier League football at some point in his life.”
“It is going to be very good for him and Manchester United. You can rely 100% on Bastian.”
“He is not someone that ever folds. Pressure, finals, title games — that is when he is best.”
“Any team would benefit from him, he’s that kind of character.”
Bayern faces Arsenal in the Champions League on Tuesday night.