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Manchester United transfer rumour: Bastian Schweinsteiger looking for MLS switch; in talks with Chicago Fire

Davis James
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886   //    15 Nov 2016, 14:16 IST
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Schweinsteiger could be headed out as early as January

Manchester United midfielder, Bastian Schweinsteiger is said to have held talks with Major League Soccer (MLS) club, Chicago Fire regarding a move to the United States in order to revive his career. According to a report in The Guardian, the former German captain met Chicago Fire Head Coach, Veljko Paunovic in Manchester on Friday in order to discuss a move.

No concrete deal in place

Schweinsteiger's talks with Fire are at an early stage and no formal agreement has been reached so far. The 32-year-old has not played a single minute for Jose Mourinho this season. This will have been a major factor in Schweinsteiger considering options regarding his future.

Chicago Fire, who had finished last in the MLS Eastern Conference, will be greatly boosted if Schweinsteiger was to move there. Paunovic, Chicago's coach, is looking to form a squad by January when the pre-season begins.

Most recently, Schweinsteiger had been called up to train with the first team after first having been told to train with the reserves. The midfielder's conduct off the field prompted Mourinho to allow him into first-team training.

Schweinsteiger remaining positive

With Mourinho reportedly having stated that Schweinsteiger could buy out his contract, it seems more or less certain the German does not feature in the manager's plans for the season. During a video shoot with German snacks manufacturer, Funny Frisch, Schweinsteiger said he still harbours some hope in making a return to the Premier League.

“I’m trying to keep myself fit for the situation in which I am needed. Hopefully, I will be given a chance. I look forward to training every day and being able to train with the team. I don’t know if I will get a chance, but I hope so,” he said.

The midfielder felt that he felt fit enough to play and do the job for his team. Schweinsteiger still hopes that he will be able to make some contribution to help his side in the Premier League campaign and go one better from his FA Cup medal last season.

Since joining Man United in the summer of 2015, Schweinsteiger has played 31 times for the club and scored one goal. Despite not being favoured, the German remains positive.

“I’m not one to think of burying my head in the sand – I’ve always been a positive person and still am now. My rhythm is good – of course, it’s different when you play each weekend compared with when you are only training – but I enjoy my football,” Schweinsteiger said.

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