Karl-Heinz Rummenigge seems confident of keeping long-term Manchester United target Bastian Schweinsteiger in Munich, declaring that the player would have to demand a move in order to be sold.
Talking to the Daily Mail, the Bayern Munich supremo played down the reported interest in the Germany international and said he believes the player is happy at the Allianz Arena.
‘’I don’t know if the story has weight,’’ said Rummenigge. ‘’But from our point of view it’s clear: we would only consider a transfer if Bastian were to confront us with a concrete wish. That’s not the case.’’
Although he started the season nursing an injury, the experienced central midfielder didn’t waste too much time getting back into the Bayern first-team and playing a key role in their Bundesliga title triumph.
The 30-year-old scored five goals, with four assists, in 20 Bundesliga matches – 10 of which he started as captain.
Would Schweinsteiger be a good signing for United?
Although Van Gaal looks to be putting more emphasis on youth in the transfer market, there are few better experienced central midfielders he could sign this summer than Schweinsteiger.
The German has played at the highest level throughout his career and won many team and personal accolades along the way, most notably the World Cup.
He seems like the ideal signing for United, as they look to mount a serious Premier League title push, but whether he would leave Bayern is another matter altogether.
Last season proved that he is still a key part of the team, with him appearing in the majority of their games, and will still likely have his place in the side for next season too.
It would be a difficult deal for Van Gaal to pull off, however, his experience and ability could make all the difference to the Red Devils next season.