Sch­we­in­steiger not giv­ing up on Man U

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LON­DON — Ger­man mid­fielder Bas­tian Sch­we­in­steiger said yes­ter­day that Manch­ester United would be his "last club in Europe" and vowed to fight for his place in the team.

Sch­we­in­steiger (32), has been frozen out by new United man­ager Jose Mour­inho and is yet to make a com­pet­i­tive ap­pear­ance this sea­son.

But with the close of the trans­fer win­dow just a week away, he told fans in a state­ment posted on Twit­ter that he has no de­sire to leave Old Traf­ford.

"MUFC will be my last club in Europe," Sch­we­in­steiger wrote.

"I re­spect other clubs, but Manch­ester United was the only one which could make me leave Bayern Munich. I will be ready, if the team needs me.

"This is all I can say about the cur­rent sit­u­a­tion. I want to thank the fans for the amaz­ing sup­port over the re­cent weeks."

Sch­we­in­steiger came through the youth ranks at Bayern Munich and spent 13 years as a first-team player there, win­ning eight Bun­desliga ti­tles, seven Ger­man Cups and the 2012-13 Cham­pi­ons League.

He joined United for a re­ported fee of 14.4 mil­lion pounds ($19.1 mil­lion, 16.9 mil­lion eu­ros) a year ago and made 31 ap­pear­ances last sea­son, scor­ing one goal.

But he has dis­ap­peared from view since Mour­inho was appointed man­ager, prompt­ing spec­u­la­tion he will be al­lowed to leave the club.

A mem­ber of Ger­many's 2014 World Cup-win­ning team, Sch­we­in­steiger an­nounced his in­ter­na­tional re­tire­ment last month af­ter 120 ap­pear­ances and 24 goals. — AFP.

Bas­tian Sch­we­in­steiger

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