Bastian Schweinsteiger has been told there could be a place for him back at Bayern Munich if he leaves Manchester United.
The German turned 32 on Monday, the same day his locker in United’s first-team dressing room was reportedly cleared out, with newspaper reports suggesting he has been told to train with the reserves by Jose Mourinho.
Schweinsteiger moved to Old Trafford in 2015 after winning eight Bundesliga titles with Bayern, as well as the German Cup seven times and the 2013 Champions League, but he endured an injury-ravaged season in Manchester and made only 31 appearances.
With Paul Pogba reportedly close to a return to Old Trafford, Schweinsteiger could be set to leave the club, despite having two years left on his contract, and Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has suggested that the door is open for him to return to Bavaria.
“Should he speak at some point about a desire to return, then we will discuss it with him,” Rummenigge told Sport Bild.
His brother, Tobias Schweinsteiger, a youth team coach at Bayern, tweeted “no respect” on Monday evening.
He announced his international retirement last week after 120 appearances for Germany, which included a World Cup final win in 2014.
Rummenigge says he does not expect Schweinsteiger to struggle to find a new employer and it seems he has a future with Bayern when he hangs up his boots for good.
“It’s important to bind players who deserve it to the club,” Bayern captain Philipp Lahm told Sport Bild.
“Basti knows everyone and everything here, he would be predestined to work in the team.”
And Schweinsteiger’s former Germany and Bayern team-mate Oliver Kahn says the midfielder is still too young to retire.
“I’m sure that with all his experience, Basti can still be the leader of a top team. He is definitely too young and too strong to retire,” Kahn wrote on his Facebook page.