Bundesliga champions’chief executive Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has made it clear that Bastian Schweinsteiger will only be sold by Bayern Munich if he specifically ask to leave. Schweinsteiger has been repeatedly linked with a move to Manchester United, where he could be reunited with former Bayern boss Louis van Gaal.
But Rummenigge insisted the Bavarians have no intention of selling the 31-year-old, and don’t believe he is interested in leaving.
Bayern Munich will only sell Bastian Schweinsteiger if the midfielder asks to leave, according to CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, but he did not rule out a transfer for Mario Gotze. 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.”
Schweinsteiger joined Bayern as a youth player in 1998 and worked his way up through their ranks, eventually breaking into the first team in 2002, where he has been a regular ever since. He has played in the Bayern first team since 2002, has won eight Bundesliga titles, seven German Cups, the Champions League and the FIFA Club World Cup with the club.
Asked if Bayern would negotiate if clubs were interested in signing the midfielder, Rummenigge was evasive. “The duration of his contract is known, which is until 2017,” he said. “In addition to that, we are not aware of anything.” Pressed on a potential transfer fee for the 23-year-old, he said: “There is only one price, and that’s the price of the market, which is controlled by supply and demand.”
Schweinsteiger was instrumental in Germany’s World Cup triumph last summer and was named national team captain following the retirement of Philipp Lahm. With all the Schweinsteiger would certainly restore a winning mentality to United, were he to join.
The Germany international joined from Borussia Dortmund for €37 million in 2013, but he lost his place in Pep Guardiola’s side towards the end of the season and faced widespread criticism in the media. The Germany international, who scored the winner in last summer’s World Cup final, has fallen down the pecking order under Pep Guardiola even amid the injury crisis that has seen both Franck Ribery and ArjenRobben ruled out for the rest of the season.
Bayern had signed Gotze in preference to Neymar as Guardiola prepared for his first season in charge at the Allianz Arena. “We opted for Mario Gotze,” admitted the CEO. “Neymar joined Barcelona, with all the legal problems that are well known.”