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Thursday 8 December 2016

Pep Guardiola: Bastian Schweinsteiger has to decide if he wants to go to Man United or stay with Munich

Guardiola waits as Schweinsteiger mulls over offer from Old Trafford

Bayern Munich's Bastian Schweinsteiger is on Louis van Gaal's summer wish-list
Bayern Munich's Bastian Schweinsteiger is on Louis van Gaal's summer wish-list
Bayern’s head coach Pep Guardiola looks a little exasperated during yesterday’s press conference at the Allianz Arena

Bayern Munich manager Pep Guardiola will not stand in Bastian Schweinsteiger’s way if he wants to join Manchester United.

Guardiola has confirmed that Louis van Gaal’s top midfield target is free to complete a move to Old Trafford this summer.

But the Bayern manager added that the 30-year-old German international remains part of his plans, despite United’s interest.

“Of course I am planning to work with Basti next season,” he said. “Basti has to decide.

“If Schweinsteiger wants to stay here then that’s perfect. He’s a top player. I told him, the future depends on you.

“I do not know, what happened.

“Basti has managed a great career. he must decide what he does alone.”

Van Gaal has identified Schweinsteiger as a player capable of adding authority to his midfield.

He is also pursuing Southampton’s French star Morgan Schneiderlin after growing concerned by United’s over-reliance on Michael Carrick in last season’s campaign.

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