Schweinsteiger no-go stance irks Mourinho!

August 30, 2016

BASTIAN SCHWEINSTEIGER left Jose Mourinho seething yesterday after refusing to join Sporting Lisbon on a free transfer.

Manchester United even agreed to pay part of the German midfielder’s £190,000-a-week wages in Portugal but the 32-year-old World Cup winner dug in his heels and told Mourinho he would not go.

The angry United boss has vowed not to play the midfielder again despite Schweinsteiger claiming he is still determined to force his way back into the picture.

Mourinho has already axed him from his first-team squad and suggested he would rather pick hopefuls out of the youth team to play in midfield.

Schweinsteiger, who calls time on his international career tonight in a friendly against Finland, has two years left on the contract he signed after arriving from Bayern Munich in 2015.

The 32-year-old could earn around £18m just by sitting tight until his deal runs out in June 2018 but he believes he can get Mourinho to change his mind.

Schweinsteiger said: “The transfer window is closed in the USA. So, I’m not going there, now.
“It’s my dream still to play for Manchester United, and if I get a fair chance, I believe in it.

“The USA is certainly an option, should it come to that.”

Although the MLS transfer window does not open again until after Christmas it seems unlikely United will attempt to find Schweinsteiger a club before the transfer window closes today.



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