Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has revealed that Bastian Schweinstieger is flattered by interest shown from Manchester United.
The German midfielder has been linked to United recently and it appears as though Schweinstieger is seriously considering a move.
The 30-year-old World Cup winner worked with Louis van Gaal previously at Bayern Munich where the Dutch coach converted him from a winger to the dominant central midfielder that we know today.
Rummenigge, Bayern’s chief executive, will meet with Schweinstieger on Saturday to discuss his future but says he is acutely aware of the player being flattered by the interest:
“I have spoken to Bastian on the phone while we have been on holiday and will speak again now that he is back,” he said.
“I cannot deny the fact that I have understood during these conversations that he is flattered by the interest from England.”
Schweinstieger’s predicament begins and ends with whether or not he will see enough playing time to merit staying at the club for another year. He is almost 31 and clearly believes he has more to offer a top team in Europe.
The fact that Schweinstieger is flattered means that he could be considering making the move to a new city and to a new challenge in the Premier League.
Javi Martinez, Pierre Hojbjerg, Phillipe Lahm and David Alaba will all see significant time in midfield for the German champions next year and Pep Guardiola possibly can not assure the Bayern legend of game time.
United are in need of a midfielder and could really use a player of Schweinstieger’s experience in the heart of their midfield.