Schweinsteiger to join United: Bayern

Germany skipper wants ‘change of scenery’ after 17 years with the Bavarians.

Afp July 12, 2015
Germany's midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger was already officially Lahm’s deputy and his leadership qualities have been widely praised. PHOTO: AFP/FILE

BERLIN: Germany captain Bastian Schweinsteiger will join Manchester United next season, confirmed Bayern Munich’s chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge in a press conference on Saturday.

Rummenigge said Bayern and United have already agreed on an undisclosed transfer fee for the 30-year-old defensive midfielder, who has made 536 appearances for Bayern since his debut in 2002.

Schweinsteiger informed the German champions on Friday he wanted a change of scenery after 17 years and is expected to sign a three-year contract with the Red Devils.

“I completely understand that after 17 years with us, Bastian wants to experience something new,” said Rummenigge.

United confirmed the arrival of what is the first ever German player to join the club in a statement on their official website.

According to German daily Bild, Manchester United are set to pay €18-20 million for the Germany captain, but the transfer deal is not yet completed as Schweinsteiger has yet to have a medical check.

Published in The Express Tribune, July 12th, 2015.

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