Bayern Munich midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger is in no rush to sign a new contract amid reported Premier League interest. He said he remains relaxed about his future amid interest from Manchester United. The Germany captain has a year left to run on his contract and has been linked with a move to Manchester United to reunite with former Bayern boss Louis van Gaal.
Schweinsteiger, 30, is interesting United and the World Cup-winner is one of several midfielders under consideration as United aim to show their ambition in the transfer market again this summer.
Schweinsteiger has one year remaining on his contract at Bayern and the club’s CEO, Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, said this week that the 30-year-old will not be sold unless he asks to leave the Allianz Arena. Rummenigge told the reporters: “I don’t know if the story has weight, but from our point of view it’s clear: We would only consider a transfer if Bastian were to confront us with a concrete wish. That’s not the case.”
Asked if former Bayern boss Louis van Gaal had been in contact over a potential move, Rummenigge replied: “No.” Bayern boss Pep Guardiola had also said last month that it would be down to Schweinsteiger to decide his own future, but the Germany captain appears to be keeping his options open at this stage. The 30-year-old, who has spent his entire career at Bayern, has just one year remaining on his contract and Guardiola said the Germany captain would have to decide his own future.
“I have agreed to discuss my future with Rummenigge during the summer,” Schweinsteiger told ARD TV following the 2-1 loss to United States on Wednesday. “I still have one year left on my contract. That’s why I am in no rush, even more so because it’s still only early summer.”
Bayern will only look to sign a big-name player at the heart of the team if someone like Schweinsteiger were to leave, but the German football magazine said Guardiola intends to slowly introduce a new generation of holding midfielders.
“I can’t make the call for Basti,” Guardiola told a news conference on Friday. “He’s a Bayern player, and he is under contract. “He’s an outstanding legend at the club, but he has to decide, not Pep or [CEO] Karl-Heinz Rummenigge. He has a contract, and is part of my plans for next season.”
Schweinsteiger has endured an injury-hit spell since winning the 2014 World Cup with Germany and questions were raised earlier this season over his ability to play alongside Xabi Alonso.