Schweinsteiger to join MLS side Chicago Fire

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Manchester United captain, Wayne Rooney is delighted to have Bastian Schweinsteiger back with the first team
Manchester United captain, Wayne Rooney is delighted to have Bastian Schweinsteiger back with the first team
Manchester United captain, Wayne Rooney is delighted to have Bastian Schweinsteiger back with the first team

Manchester United midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger has met with MLS side Chicago Fire as he looks likely to leave Old Trafford in January.

The former Germany captain, 32, has been allowed to negotiate potential moves with interested parties.

He is thought to be interested in joining an MLS side and met Chicago coach Veljko Paunovic over the weekend.

Schweinsteiger returned to first-team training after being forced to work on his own by Jose Mourinho.

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However, it is not anticipated he will get a recall by the Red Devils manager.

Schweinsteiger, who joined United from Bayern Munich in a £14.4m deal in July 2015, has not played for the Premier League club since a 1-0 win at Manchester City in March, under Mourinho’s predecessor Louis van Gaal.

Manchester United manager, Jose Mourinhe trains with the first teaman Schweinsteiger as he trains with the first team
Manchester United manager, Jose Mourinhe trains with the first teaman Schweinsteiger as he trains with the first team

He has made a total of 31 appearances for the club.

Mourinho said it was a “human and professional decision” to allow midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger to rejoin first-team training this week.

The former Germany captain, 32, has trained alone or with the under-23 side since Mourinho took charge this summer.

Schweinsteiger last played for United in March, under Mourinho’s predecessor Louis van Gaal.

“Schweinsteiger is back,” said Mourinho.

The Portuguese, whose side face Fenerbahce in the Europa League on Thursday, suggested fewer players taking part in training influenced his decision.

He said Schweinsteiger may play for United again despite recent reports suggesting he will leave in the January transfer window.

“If he stays with us he becomes one more option,” said Mourinho. “In this moment we have no problems in midfield like we do in defence.”

Schweinsteiger, a 2014 World Cup winner, was named in United’s Premier League squad for this season, but left out of their Europa League squad.