But despite the presence of various clubs interested in securing Schweinsteiger’s signature, the 32-year-old has pledged his allegiance to Man United, claiming they will be the final European club he plays for.
According to Duncan Castles, Schweinsteiger has rejected a move to Portugal, despite United’s readiness to offload the German for free.
Just a year ago, Schweinsteiger was something of a fans’ favourite, hypnotising supporters with his incredible manipulation of the ball in midfield. He was the Rolls Royce in midfield, the Deutscher Fußballmeister.
And yet, in the space of a few weeks, the German has been consigned to the doldrums at Old Trafford, consigned to the very bottom of Mourinho’s midfield pecking order. His allegiance to United is highly admirable; the midfielder’s inherently likeable nature as precipitated a onslaught of support from supporters.
But one has to question Schweinsteiger’s decision as well: after all, it is evident that, unless a midfield injury apocalypse occurs, the 32-year-old will not receive any game time this season. And as a professional, leaving a club that has essentially deserted you seems like the logical thing to do.