Schweinsteiger joins Chicago Fire on one-year deal
LONDON: Bastian Schweinsteiger has completed a move from Manchester United to Chicago Fire.
An agreement was struck on Monday night although the player is yet to complete a medical and receive a visa.
It is thought that United were reluctant to lose Schweinsteiger, who has come in from the cold, but that the move may not have happened had the midfielder remained in England until the end of the season.
“Throughout my career, I’ve always sought opportunities where I hoped to make a positive impact and to help make something great,” Schweinsteiger said in a statement to the Chicago Tribune via the club.
“My move to Chicago Fire is no different. Through my conversations with Nelson and Pauno (coach Veljko Paunovic) I'm convinced by the club's vision and philosophy and I want to help them with this project.”
According to the Tribune, Schweinsteiger, who had fallen out of favour at Old Trafford, has signed a one-year designated player contract that guarantees him US$4.5 million (RM19.9 million) in 2017.
They added that the deal makes him one of the 10 highestpaid players in MLS and includes a mutual option for at least one more year.
“We’re adding someone who has won at every level, including the very highest levels, and has done so in a way that is consistent with our values,” Fire general manager Nelson Rodriguez told the Tribune.
“We as a club will now be forced to hold ourselves to a higher standard, an accountability level. Previously, I think we could satisfy ourselves with what is known domestically. Now we need to rise to a standard that is set more internationally.”
Former Bayern Munich star Schweinsteiger has made 121 appearances for Germany. He joined United in 2015 but the move was not a success and has played in just 18 Premier League matches.
The Fire lost 4-0 to expansion side Atlanta United on Saturday and have a win, a draw and a defeat from their opening three MLS matches. Daily Mail