Bastian Schweinsteiger’s future is still up in the air after Bayern Munich manager Carlo Ancelotti confirmed he had no plans to bring the World Cup winner back to the club.
Jose Mourinho has all but confirmed that the 32-year-old is up for sale by making him one of a number of Manchester United players to be left out of all pre-season friendlies, including Wayne Rooney’s testimonial.
According to Sky Sports, Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge had considered a move for Schweinsteiger, but that may have been out of nostalgia rather than anything else, as Ancelotti has now put the rumours to bed.
“In football, there is no if. (Signing) Schweinsteiger is not in our ideas,” he said.
The greatest years of the midfielder’s career were in Bavaria, but he found it difficult to emulate that form at United.
Injuries prevented him from ever really settling at Old Trafford, and he started just 13 times in the Premier League last season.
Even if Bayern aren’t interested, however, he would surely be a valuable addition to many teams, and his availability must have turned some heads.