Joshua Kimmich says he was sad to see his “idol” Bastian Schweinstieger leave Bayern Munich as he could have learned a lot from the veteran.
Schweinstieger, who holds an unparalleled reverence at Bayern, joined Manchester United this summer following some disappointing moments in his final years at the German club.
Pep Guardiola spoke recently about how Schweinstieger needs to put his injuries behind him if he is to make an impact at Old Trafford.
Joshua Kimmich joined Bayern this summer and was one of the players who Schweinstieger would have had to battle with to win playing time had he stayed at the club but the youngster is sad to have not gotten the chance to learn from one of Germany’s best ever midfield talents.
“I am a bit sad that Schweinsteiger has left the club. I could have learned a lot from him,” Kimmich said.
“He has won the Champions League and the World Cup. Basti has always been an idol to me. I would have loved to play alongside him.
“It would be amazing if I could play with him for the national team. Everybody dreams of playing for Germany.”
Bayern’s pain is United’s gain as the club’s young players will look to Schweinsteiger, as well as Michael Carrick, for inspiration this season.
Morgan Schneiderlin and Ander Herrera should even learn a thing or two. While it remains to be seen whether Carrick and Schweinsteiger can co-exist in the same midfield, their presence alone will only improve fortunes on the field for United.