Sch­we­in­steiger joins Chicago Fire on one-year deal

New Straits Times - - Sport -

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

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