Franz Beckenbauer: Bastian Schweinsteiger could struggle in the Premier League

Bastian Schweinsteiger

Bastian Schweinsteiger could struggle in the Premier League, says Franz Beckenbauer, who believes the Germany captain should remain at Bayern Munich.

Bayern Munich legend Franz Beckenbauer has advised Bastian Schweinsteiger in Bild to stay at Bayern Munich for one or two more years while he can perform at the highest level.

Premier League giants Manchester United have been heavily linked with a move for Schweinsteiger, as per ESPN, ever since Louis van Gaal confirmed his main priority this summer would be a midfielder, as per the Guardian, following Michael Carrick's run of injuries last season.

The Old Trafford outfit will need more options in midfield and other positions next season if they are planning to challenge Chelsea for the Premier League title while competing for European glory in the Champions League - if they get beyond the qualifying rounds.

Considering there is a chance Schweinsteiger, now 30 years of age, will leave Bayern Munich this summer with just one year remaining on his contract, club legend Beckenbauer believes the midfielder could struggle to adapt to the English game if reported interest in his services is stepped up.

"Adapting to a different European league is difficult at his age," Beckenbauer told Bild.

"He has played with great force and put a lot of pressure on his body for many years. That saps energy. He could end his career in the USA instead.

"If I was at Schweini’s place, I would stay one or two years more at Bayern. Until then, he can still perform at the highest level."

On Wednesday, Schweinsteiger received contradictory advice from former Bayern Munich player Lothar Matthaus, who thinks the Germany international should seriously consider a move to Manchester United, as per his column in SportBild.

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