Manchester United target Bastian Schweinsteiger in 'no rush' to sign new deal at Bayern Munich

Midfielder has a year to run on his deal

Tom Sheen
Friday 12 June 2015 06:56
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Bastian Schweinsteiger could be arriving at Old Trafford this summer
Bastian Schweinsteiger could be arriving at Old Trafford this summer

Manchester United target Bastian Schweinsteiger says he is in "no rush" to sign a new deal with Bayern Munich.

The Germany captain has been linked to United in recent months but still has a year to run on his deal with the Bundesliga champions.

After suffering with injury in recent seasons he is no longer an automatic first-choice under Pep Guardiola, with Xabi Alonso, Thiago Alcantara and Philipp Lahm ahead of him in the pecking order.

The 30-year-old started just 21 matches in all competitions last season, giving rise to rumours that he may be available.

"I've agreed with [chairman] Karl-Heinz Rummenigge that we'll have a chat this summer to see how the future looks," Schweinsteiger told ARD television.

"I've still got a year on my contract so there's no rush, and the summer's only just beginning."

Rummenigge says he is "not aware" of any approach being made by Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal, although he says Bayern would not stand in Schweinsteiger's way were he to seek a challenge elsewhere.

"Our position is clear: we would only consider a transfer if Bastian comes to us with the desire to leave," Rummenigge told Sport Bild magazine.

Schweinsteiger, 30, has won eight Bundesliga titles for Bayern, lifting the DFB-Pokal aloft seven times and winning the Champions League once.

Two of those domestic titles came under Van Gaal while he was in charge of Bayern between 2009 and 2011.

Additional reporting from PA

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