Friday 9 December 2016

'I could hardly believe it' - Bayern president slams Man United for Bastian Schweinsteiger treatment

Published 04/08/2016 | 08:47

Bastian Schweinsteiger is out of favour at Manchester United
Bastian Schweinsteiger is out of favour at Manchester United

Bayern Munich president Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has warned future Manchester United signings to be wary of what kind of club they're joining after reports of how Bastian Schweinsteiger is being treated at Carrington.

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The German is one of the players who have been told they can leave as United look for extra revenue to finance the world-record £100m transfer of Paul Pogba from Juventus.

Schweinsteiger has been told he must train with the United Under-23 squad, prompting his brother Tobi to post “no respect” on Twitter last weekend.

There are also reports that he has been banished from the first team dressingroom and was forced to clear out his old locker.

Rummenigge told the Bild newspaper: "I could hardly believe it.

“One or two players are going to think long and hard in future about whether they want to go to such a club.

"Nothing like that has ever happened at Bayern Munich."

Schweinsteiger in fact forced his way back into the first-team fray at Bayern after being told in 2005 by then-coach Felix Magath to train with the reserves since he did not have a place for him in the first team.

The midfielder bounced back to inspire Bayern to a league and cup double, contributing to his haul of eight Bundesliga titles, seven DFB-Pokals and the 2013 Champions League title with the club.

He was also a key part of Germany's 2014 World Cup triumph, and won last season's FA Cup with United.

Ottmar Hitzfeld, who gave Schweinsteiger his professional debut at the age of 18 and won the Bundesliga with him in 2003, has also condemned the situation.

"It's a lack of respect for a worthy player," he told the RedaktionsNetwork Deutschland. "It's a method which is strange to me.

"Schweinsteiger is a key player, a world champion, a personality, while at the same time he has an exceptional attitude."

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