Bastian Schweinsteiger has been told by Bayern Munich he will only be sold if he puts in a transfer request this summer.
The German midfielder has spent his whole senior career playing for Bayern and has now accumulated nearly 350 appearances for the club but with only one year remaining on his contract, speculation has started to link him with an exit.
When questioned, Schweinsteiger refused to comment on Manchester United speculation following the final game of the season and instead chose to remain silent.
Now, CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has commented on the situation and insisted they have no intention of selling Schweinsteiger this summer.
Speaking about Schweinsteiger, he said: “I don’t know if the story has weight, but from our point of view it’s clear: We would only consider a transfer if Bastian were to confront us with a concrete wish. That’s not the case.”
Asked if former Bayern boss Louis van Gaal had been in contact over a potential move, Rummenigge replied: “No.”
Presumably, Schweinsteiger would lose a substantial loyalty bonus if he were to hand in a transfer request given his years of service to the club, which may explain why that is the main reason Bayern are keen to push that point.
Even at 30, Schweinsteiger is world class. He might not be the dominant force he once was thanks to injuries taking their toll but if Louis van Gaal is looking for an experienced player, he could do far worse than Schweinsteiger.
Van Gaal knows all too well about the strengths and weaknesses of Schweinsteiger having converted him into a central midfielder from a winger, a switch which was the prelude to his excellent career in a more central position.
United need to find a Michael Carrick alternative this summer and although Bayern are unlikely to let go of him, Schweinsteiger does possess the quality to a job there.