Bastian Schweinsteiger sends message to Wayne Rooney at Manchester United

by Leo Nieboer

Bastian Schweinsteiger has sent Wayne Rooney a message of goodwill following his departure to Chicago Fire earlier this month.

The German, who only managed one start under Jose Mourinho, completed his move to the MLS side with immediate effect on Tuesday.

Rooney, much like his former teammate, has faded into anonymity this season and has reportedly expressed an interest in joining boyhood club Everton over the summer.

Schweinsteiger warmly wished the captain and his team the best ahead of what promises to be an explosive end to the season.

There are many players that kick, spew and scream their way through a footballing career. Think Diego Costa; think Paulo di Canio; think Pepe – players that, for some reason, place nastiness and spite at the heart of their approach.

But Schweinsteiger has been the complete reverse. Ever since day one the German has been a class act, adding a sense of amiability and wisdom wherever he went, even at a time when Mourinho – without giving a clear reason – consigned him to training with the reserves.

The 31-year-old always committed himself to two valuable things during his time at Old Trafford: working hard and remaining positive. He may have failed to have the desired impact on the pitch, but he set a wonderful example for footballers everywhere. And for that, Bastian, we owe you thanks.

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