Saturday 22 October 2016

Schweinsteiger trains with U23s as he nears Reds exit

Bastian Schweinsteiger
Bastian Schweinsteiger

Bastian Schweinsteiger is training with the United Under-23 squad as he contemplates a future away from the club.

Schweinsteiger, 32 on Monday, was culled from Mourinho's 25-man senior set-up last week, along with Adnan Januzaj, Andreas Pereira, Paddy McNair and Will Keane.

United are open to selling the German, who retired from international football last week, and Schweinsteiger even trained with trialist Liandro Martis last week. "I am confident in my ability and after training with the group at Manchester United, including players like Schweinsteiger," Martis said.

Despite suggestions he could still be on honeymoon with his wife Ana Ivanovic, Schweinsteiger reported for training last Thursday with the rest of the United squad but was not among the 23 fit first-teamers training under Jose Mourinho and his staff.

United already boast four central midfielders in Michael Carrick, Morgan Schneiderlin, Marouane Fellaini and Ander Herrera, while Paul Pogba is expected to complete his protracted transfer this week.

Both AC Milan and Internazionale are believed to be keen on Schweinsteiger, who would have to take a huge wage cut if he does leave. The Bayern Munich great is said to earn around £200,000-a-week at United. Schweinsteiger made 21 starts and 10 substitute appearances last season.

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