Bastian Schweinsteiger rejects Sporting Lisbon move to stay at Man United – report

by Leo Nieboer

Bastian Schweinsteiger has rejected an offer from Sporting Lisbon in favour of staying at Manchester United this season, according to reports.

The midfielder was immediately demoted to the reserves upon Jose Mourinho’s arrival at Old Trafford, who made it clear that the World Cup winner was not part of his plans for the upcoming campaign.

But despite the presence of various clubs interested in securing Schweinsteiger’s signature, the 32-year-old has pledged his allegiance to Man United, claiming they will be the final European club he plays for.

According to Duncan Castles, Schweinsteiger has rejected a move to Portugal, despite United’s readiness to offload the German for free.

Just a year ago, Schweinsteiger was something of a fans’ favourite, hypnotising supporters with his incredible manipulation of the ball in midfield. He was the Rolls Royce in midfield, the Deutscher Fußballmeister.

And yet, in the space of a few weeks, the German has been consigned to the doldrums at Old Trafford, consigned to the very bottom of Mourinho’s midfield pecking order. His allegiance to United is highly admirable; the midfielder’s inherently likeable nature as precipitated a onslaught of support from supporters.

But one has to question Schweinsteiger’s decision as well: after all, it is evident that, unless a midfield injury apocalypse occurs, the 32-year-old will not receive any game time this season. And as a professional, leaving a club that has essentially deserted you seems like the logical thing to do.

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