Manchester United are reportedly trying to speed up Bastian Schweinsteiger’s departure. The former Germany captain has been frozen out of Jose Mourinho’s plans for this season.

And according to the Daily Star, Schweinsteiger will hold talks with the Red Devils this week over his exit strategy. It is believed a severance package to pay off the remainder of his contract is worth £17m.

German outfit Schalke and Serie A giants Inter Milan have already approached Old Trafford hierarchy but his expensive wages are said to be creating main problem.

The veteran German midfielder will play one last game for his country at the end of August, despite confirming his international retirement.

After 120 appearances and having won the 2014 World Cup title with Germany, the 32-year-old told head coach Joachim Low at the start of August that he has retired from international football after 12 years in the team.

But Schweinsteiger will play one last game for Germany – on August 31 in a friendly against Finland in Monchengladbach – to allow fans to say goodbye under the slogan ‘Servus, Basti!’ – ‘Bye, Basti!’

The friendly will come as a welcome distraction to Schweinsteiger, who has been banished to United’s reserves by new coach Jose Mourinho and has an uncertain future at Old Trafford.

A year ago, Schweinsteiger seemed Manchester United’s flagship signing, a player whose every touch was cheered by adoring fans on their pre-season tour of America. Now their adulation is directed towards Ibrahimovic and Paul Pogba. Now idol has become exile, exciting addition looking a cast-off, a Louis van Gaal ally seeming persona non grata for Jose Mourinho.

It is part of a chastening fall. In little over a year, Schweinsteiger has been deemed surplus to requirements by two of the world’s great clubs. He has slipped below Marouane Fellaini in the pecking order, ballooned a penalty in Euro 2016 over the bar and voluntarily ended his international career.


    Related Posts

    Preview: Bengaluru FC Look To Sweep Aside First-Leg Loss In AFC Cup

    Bengaluru, Oct 17 (IANS) Bengaluru FC will face off against Tajikistans FC Istiklol as both sides battle for a place in the 2017 AFC Cup...

    Italy To Face Sweden In European World Cup Play-Offs

    Zurich, Oct 17 (IANS) Four-time FIFA World Cup winners Italy will face Sweden in the European 2018 World Cup playoffs, as revealed by the highly-anticipated...

    Chelsea FC Conducts Football Clinics At Dharavi In Mumbai

    Mumbai, Oct 17 (IANS) London football giants Chelsea FC's foundation on Tuesday conducted a coaching clinic in the slum area of Dharavi in Mumbai. As part...

    Hockey: India Take On South Korea In Asia Cup (Preview)

    Dhaka, Oct 17 (IANS) India will look to continue their winning run as they face defending champions South Korea in their first match of the...

    U-17 World Cup: Brazil Eye Big Win Against Honduras (Preview)

    Kochi , Oct 17 (IANS) Title favourites Brazil will aim to win big when they face Honduras in their Round of 16 clash of the...