Bastian Schweinsteiger is joining MLS side Chicago Fire this week after Manchester United agreed a deal for him to leave late on Monday night.
Schweinsteiger, 32, will complete his move pending a successful medical as well as being granted a visa by the US government.
Speaking about the decision to leave, Schweinsteiger said: “Throughout my career, I’ve always sought opportunities where I hoped to make a positive impact and to help make something great.
“My move to Chicago Fire is no different. Through my conversations with Nelson [Rodriguez] and Pauno [Veljko Paunovic], I’m convinced by the club’s vision and philosophy and I want to help them with this project.”
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Jose Mourinho’s decision to let him leave is indicative that the German midfielder wasn’t going to be part of his plans moving forward for the rest of the season and instead of standing in his way, the United boss has let him leave for pastures new.
Lots of United fans will be sad to see Schweinsteiger leave because of how much rapport he built up with the fanbase but on a purely footballing perspective it’s no surprise to see him go.
Good luck in the USA Bastian and who knows, we might see you sooner than you think during our US tour in the summer. Auf wiedersehen.